Lowers the meaning
I strongly agree with Paul Greenberg’s column in the July 5 issue. As professor emeritus of language and literature at Henderson State University, I can testify to the importance of general education and liberal arts subjects.
Most readers are aware that graduates earn more in a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. However, many drop out because their interests in industrial and technical subjects are not met. As Department of English chair in the 1980s, I worked with three other chairmen to introduce a mass media degree. A good number of those majors have become successful as editors or TV and radio personalities.
There must be a love of learning, or the diploma means little. As Greenberg’s column points out, the unexamined life has little meaning. Making higher education commercial-only lowers the meaning of the “liberal arts.”
JOHN W. “DOC” CRAWFORD