Half of freshly minted college graduates are unemployed or underemployed. And they’re saddled with a portion of the U.S.’s $1 trillion in student loan debt to pay record high tuitions. To fix this problem, the answer is simple enough: cut out the departments offering majors that make students unemployable.
This attitude about education——that it’s only good for the salary you earn once you graduate——drives me crazy. (As I have said and written many, many times before.) Cutting Humanities from education would just give us an even more narrow-minded, self-congratulatory, ignorant population than we already have. It might produce efficient worker bees, but it would not produce intelligent, capable citizens with pursuits and passions outside the office.
And why does this discussion always have to degenerate to, “Cut the Humanities! Bipartisanship is not an option!” I don’t hear anyone in Humanities calling for the death of business and science. Because people in Humanities know what this author clearly doesn’t: we need both. We need Humanities and science, business and art, technology and creativity, to make this world liveable. Why can’t the business folks get that through their skulls?