In a recent New York Times opinion piece, Martha Nussbaum, professor of philosophy, law, and divinity, argues that the value of an education extends beyond its ability to help students land a job. She joined with other educators–including Harold Bloom, Stanley Fish, and Nancy Hopkins–in offering advice to young adults entering college.
It’s easy to think that college classes are mainly about preparing you for a job. But remember: this may be the one time in your life when you have a chance to think about the whole of your life, not just your job. Courses in the humanities, in particular, often seem impractical, but they are vital, because they stretch your imagination and challenge your mind to become more responsive, more critical, bigger. You need resources to prevent your mind from becoming narrower and more routinized in later life. This is your chance to get them.
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