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Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:26 PM

The assault on the liberal arts in higher education

This week, in what was billed as a major policy address, Virginian Eric Cantor, the Republican House majority leader, called for eliminating the research "funds currently spent by the government on social science — including on politics of all things...."

It is jarring indeed when a ranking national leader in a House of Representatives initially created to reflect the political will of the people proposes to do away with (or redirect, to be accurate) all research support for disciplines — including political science — that are patently basic to the fortunes of democracy and to Americans’ capacity for global leadership.



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There is no need, of course, to defund the humanities: federal support has long ago shriveled to a tiny trickle for the entire range of humanities enterprise, history, philosophy, religion, global and cultural studies, languages, literature and more. Yet the global challenges Americans now face make the humanities and social sciences more central than ever before, not less, to our competitive future — as an economy and as a democracy.


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This nation’s signature tradition of grounding students’ college studies — whatever their major -- in a strong core of liberal arts and sciences inquiry has helped form generations of citizen innovators who, in turn, have made the United States a powerhouse of economic dynamism and creativity. This is the reason Steve Jobs observed so frequently that the "marriage of liberal arts and technology" was a key to Apple’s worldwide success. But strong learning depends on scholarly vitality. If scholarly work in specific fields withers away, there is no way that graduates’ and citizens’ accomplishments in these same areas can flourish.

Ironically, as our leaders work proactively to dismantle the liberal arts tradition in America, leaders of our chief competitors in Asia are embracing it. In Hong Kong, for example, the educational system is being reformed to add “liberal studies” -- meaning the humanities and social sciences — and general education in the arts and sciences at all levels, in the schools and across a university curriculum now expanded from three years to four. Asian policy leaders, it seems, see the value of the liberal arts tradition far more clearly than American policy leaders.



http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/02/08/essay-house-republican-leaders-attack-social-science-research

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YoungDemCA Feb 2013 OP
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #1
longship Feb 2013 #2
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #7
jonthebru Feb 2013 #3
BuelahWitch Feb 2013 #6
Heidi Feb 2013 #4
BuelahWitch Feb 2013 #5

Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:37 PM

1. Steve Jobs valued the arts. That is what made Apple so great. Technology alone is dry and

inaccessible for most people. We have senses, five of them. We need all of them, and we we learn to use all of them well, we are at our best.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 11:48 PM

2. It's not just liberal arts.

They want to gut all education. Make no mistake about it.

Public education replaced by religious-based charter schools and home schooling. Starve the public universities. Build endowed private colleges to put out the trooth (tm).

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:44 AM

7. All *public* education. Privatized education will be fine. You will compete for it and pay through

 

the nose for it.

and your personal data will belong to the corporations that run it.

and they will be global corporations who will suck local dollars out of your community.

which will no longer be a community.

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 12:24 AM

3. Face it, Humanity is nothing more than an experiment.

And needless to say this experiment could fail... badly.
The extreme right wing followers of Ayn Rand are ignorant of her true philosophy; her militant atheism and other ideas that they would find repulsive.
Educating the populous about our world and cultures leads to a well-rounded critically thinking citizenry. And that is the last thing those who are intent on forming a Corporate Theocracy desire. They instead want a pliable population that will be easy to brainwash and mold into the happy little workers they need to fill their menial jobs.

The Lady who wrote the article knows this but could not say so because she might have to meet in the same room as the Theocratic right wing. I don't and never will so I can freely say they are Un-American and counterproductive to the progression of our country and others around the World.

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Response to jonthebru (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:41 AM

6. The people in Gov't who follow her philosophy know she was an athiest

They just choose to ignore it and/or not talk about it. Paul Ryan knew, but until someone threw it in his face he just left that part out. Once it was out in the open he denounced her philosophy in public (but I'd be willing to bet, not in private).

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Response to YoungDemCA (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:45 AM

4. Kick!

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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 05:38 AM

5. Kick!

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