It’s Time To Worry When Colleges Erase Humanities Departments–by Willard Dix for Forbes Magazine (March 13, 2018)

“In effect, UW-SP is cutting the heart out of its educational mission in order to prepare for the future. (Note that English, history and sociology will continue only as transactional majors.)”

                                           Willard Dix


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This is unconscionable. We become even more depleted as a society when we are not exposed to the knowledge areas that makes us both citizens of the country and the planet itself. This myopic approach to education facilitates ignorance and ethnocentrism. Let’s just take our narrow technical skills and run to our respective corners. Chances are, those same skills learned today will be obsolete tomorrow. The humanities and liberal arts are just as important as engineering and science. A comprehensive education requires all of them. A knowledge of ourselves, our cultures, our collective consciousness  serves as the very foundation of the reason for human existence.  One could certainly argue that this lack of intellectual insight of the State of Wisconsin towards education only adds to crippling tribalism at all levels. Change the name university to trade school. Both are needed just not at the expense of the other.

Steve Harding

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