ERIC Number: ED285780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
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Liberal Arts in a High-Tech World.
Nelson, Kathryn E.
In recent years, education has shifted its goals from acquiring a classical methodology to learning how to make a living. Students are taking fewer liberal arts courses; and at the same time, reading, thinking, and reasoning skills are declining. With the advent of Sputnik in 1957, the idea that hard science had the answers to the world's problems became pervasive. The era of high technology has promised that life will be easier and better. To view education only as training to learn how to make a living interrupts the process of learning to become a human being. The humanities teach one to explore, research, and analyze ideas. They enrich one's personal life and work. To be educated is to be provided with access to an abundant life and to understand the past with an ability to prepare for the future. The liberal arts enrich our lives and enhance our relationships with others. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: A speech presented to the Missouri Association of Community and Junior Colleges (St. Louis, MO, October 1985).