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History isn’t a ‘useless’ major: It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

November 7, 2016

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The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.

The value of disciplines that prepare students to be critical thinkers escapes any politician who prefers only mindless followers, but one look at your Facebook feed ought to convince you that America needs more critical thinkers, not less.

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The Liberal Arts Major’s Revenge: Better Long Term Earning Power, By George Anders in WSJ

September 16, 2016

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Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are 3% ahead of the people with degrees in vocational fields, and each discipline’s top 10% lifetime earners, both history ($3.75M) and philosophy majors’ ($3.46M) outstrip even computer science stars ($3.2M).  -Wall Street Journal

Once people reach their peak-earnings ages of 56 to 60, liberal-arts majors are 3% ahead of the people with degrees in vocational fields, and each discipline’s top 10% lifetime earners, both history ($3.75M) and philosophy majors’ ($3.46M) outstrip even computer science stars ($3.2M). -Wall Street Journal

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Degrees of Ignorance: The Gutting of Gen Ed, by Michael W. Clune

December 10, 2015

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There is no reason to unduly limit our students' horizons. Following your interests does not doom you to a life of poverty and struggle. Today’s students are being deprived of that freedom, and we educators are to blame.

There is no reason to unduly limit our students’ horizons. Following your interests does not doom you to a life of poverty and struggle. Today’s students are being deprived of that freedom, and we educators are to blame.

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The Coddling of the American Mind, by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt

August 25, 2015

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In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.

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The Endangered Liberal Arts College, by Jason Jones

June 22, 2015

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Saving Sweet Briar (for now) doesn’t undo the disinformation campaign against the liberal arts, who comprise about 4 percent of U.S. colleges and do extraordinary things typically not found in any other institution type. Data supporting this claim of quality can be found in multiple studies (outlined and hyperlinked below), and it deserves some attention […]

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