Liberal Education

Scott Samuelson at The Atlantic has posted on teaching philosophy at a community college.  I have urged my own kids to pursue a liberal education, for their own benefit.  Money quote:

Henry David Thoreau is as relevant as ever when he writes, “We seem to have forgotten that the expression ‘a liberal education’ originally meant among the Romans one worthy of free men; while the learning of trades and professions by which to get your livelihood merely, was considered worthy of slaves only.”

One minor sticking point:  I’m pretty sure STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  Not economics (although they use math, it’s not a science).


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