Low­ers the mean­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

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.”



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