In Defense of A Liberal Education

In Defense of A Liberal Education

Book - 2015
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The liberal arts are under attack. Some have argued that getting a skills-based education is enough. However, the CNN host and author explains why this widely held view is mistaken and shortsighted. Zakaria expounds on the virtues of a liberal arts education-how to write clearly, how to express yourself convincingly, and how to think analytically. He turns the "vocational education training is enough" argument on its head. American routine manufacturing jobs continue to get automated or outsourced, and specific vocational knowledge is often outdated within a few years. Engineering is a great profession, but key value-added skills you will also need are creativity, lateral thinking, design, communication, storytelling, and, more than anything, the ability to continually learn and enjoy learning-precisely the gifts of a liberal education.
Publisher: New York, NY :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Description: 204 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780393247688
0393247686
Branch Call Number: 370.112 Zak

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writermala
Jun 02, 2015

I loved this book. The book does exactly what the title purports to do and that is defend the value of a Liberal education. I had vested interest in reading this book since I'm now in a Liberal Arts program after a career in Science and business.
The book deals systematically with the history and evolution of a Liberal Arts education and its position in the education scene today.

Perhaps the most telling comment is that a Liberal Arts education may not help make a living, but it will help make a life!

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