Because of the current recession, many people are discussing the place of the humanities in education. Recent articles in the New York Times and Daily Pennsylvanian provide good overviews of how the current environment is affecting the humanities. Here is a selection of other people’s arguments:
Stanley Romanstein notes that students who study the humanities score higher in math and reading assessments.
Bruce Watson asserts that the sciences describe the world, and the humanities explain it. Leon Wieseltier comments that the humanities change one’s perception of the world.
David Tebaldi writes about Clairborne Pell, the founder of the Pell Grants, and his positive view of the humanities.
Dario Diorio stresses that the humanities awaken the spirit and provide inspiration.
And Matthew Reisz reports on several people’s opinions of the value of the humanities in the UK.