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ERIC Number: EJ1081261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0151
Honors and the Humanities: Necessary as Air and Water
Salas, Angela Marie
Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, v16 n1 p21-24 Spr-Sum 2015
In a cultural environment that maintains that post-secondary education ought to produce job ready graduates, the importance of the liberal arts and the competencies they teach, along with the questions they engage, often comes up for debate. In such a culture, honors may appear frivolous, elitist, and rear-guard. Angela Marie Salas defends both honors and the humanities, and calls for the need to prepare a compelling case that those who would be steered away from honors and humanities are the ones who might best be served by them. She contends that both honors and the humanities protect the equalizing function of higher education. She posits here that postsecondary education provides benefits that extend beyond job prospects, and articulates that those working in higher education institutions are called to assert as persuasively as possible that humanistic study is required for the well-being of a robust democracy and an engaged citizenry. Salas calls for colleagues in honors to be making the case to support humanities calling upon American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U's) recent employer survey which substantiates the fact that "the types of problem-solving and analytical thinking skills students gain through undergraduate education are more important that the specific major or program in which they earn a degree." Salas closes by saying that, to her mind, honors programs and colleges seem as necessary as clean water and air. To function well, individually and as a democracy, we must each have access to questions, competencies, ideas, and experiences beyond the pressing issue of how we will provide a salary to support ourselves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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