As higher education costs and student loan debt continue to rise, the value of a college education has been a hot topic. John Fea of Messiah College recently linked to Leon Wieseltier’s defense of the liberal arts, in which Wieseltier attacked UnCollege (led by Dale Stephens) and, as an aside, homeschooling. I support homeschooling, and from Wieseltier’s description UnCollege is not really that bad. But Wieseltier is right that education is often to narrowly defined as being about “competitiveness.”
But can a fractured culture like ours really expect public education to aspire to the heights that Wieseltier and Fea want?
On another note, I found this article by Diana Senechal in The American Educator (the journal of the American Federation of Teachers) surprisingly good. She also defends a liberal arts education.