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Day #202 - Autism & The Liberal Arts

One thing I’ve learned in my lifetime is that you just never know when something you learn will come in handy.

First, let us be clear that the term ‘liberal arts’ has nothing to do with being a liberal or conservative.   811 more words

CHRISTOPHER SCALIA: Conservatives, Please Stop Trashing the Liberal Arts

Wall Street Journal: GOP politicians sneer at the kind of general education that Jefferson saw as a bulwark of self-government.

Dismissing the liberal arts seems to have become a litmus test for conservative politicians. 87 more words


A Manifesto for Liberal Education

by Eva Brann

For at least three decades now I’ve talked about liberal education in public, but I can say in my own favor that I’ve done it—at least done it lately—with a somewhat bad conscience. 627 more words


What We Have a Right to Expect from College

My goodness, my liberal arts rant generated a bit more controversy than I was expecting.  A few thoughts, in response to comments:

Great Poems: "A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman


This relatively short poem (below) is one of my absolute favorites, not just for its beauty and cleverness but also for its meaning. As I’ve mentioned… 478 more words

Personal Growth

Would You Like Fries With That?

When I went to a small, Catholic liberal arts high school, my Euclid teacher, Mr. L., used to tell us that proponents of the liberal arts were often scoffed at for preparing students to live in a cave, not to encounter the real world.   737 more words

Shadows in a cave

Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. 32 more words

Liberal Arts