Martha Nussbaum on Liberal Education

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Go the Wrong Way
By MARTHA NUSSBAUM
Published: September 5, 2009\NYTimes

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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1 Response to Martha Nussbaum on Liberal Education

  1. bart schultz says:

    Some beautiful words from Mike Rose, Why School?: “We need public talk that links education to a more decent, thoughtful, open society. Talk that raises in us as a people the appreciation for deliberation and reflection, or for taking intellectual risks and thinking widely–for the sheer power and pleasure of using our minds, alone or in concert with others. We need a discourse that inspires young people to think gracefully and moves young adults to become teachers and foster such development.”

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