Education: Rediscovering the Liberal Arts

The tone is aggressive, the rhetoric insistent (and the syntax a bit shaky). "We believe that the conditions of our time force us to recognize the distance between what we say liberal arts can do and what it is now doing," declares the Manifesto of Liberal Arts College Presidents. Colleges have merely educated students to be consumers of the status quo, not innovators, the manifesto charges, while college presidents have become "mere managers, not educators." Furthermore, it asks, do students who come to college "without the skills to read, to think critically and...

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