Parents and siblings are sometimes a bit baffled when their student declares a passionate interest in the humanities. Why can't she pursue a practical degree like accounting or computer science? What is the use of a dozen courses in the humanities?
We are living in a time when the proverbial best and brightest no longer opt to pursue careers in journalism or academia or politics. Apocalyptic rhetoric is fitting here: A cosmic battle is raging between the world of letters and the world of numbers.
Amid a struggling economy and a ballooning student debt crisis, parents and students are reevaluating the merits of a college education. There is no simple answer, because the return on investment depends on what you study.
Students are losing a sense of how human beings grappled in the past with moral issues that challenge us in the present and will persist into the future. This is the shrinking province of what we call "the humanities."
The existence of the Humanities is currently under attack on many fronts and in many ways. This is inevitable in an epoch in which the very essence of "humanity" itself is subjected to radical redefinitions mainly due to uncontrollable technological developments.
I wonder if something important has been lost in the mix of campus building projects, recruitment and retention efforts and the barrage of new pedagogical technologies -- all to convince our students to stay and study.
Artistic treasures of all types must be studied to appreciate those of our present day. In our current world of instant gratification and short attention spans -- it is easy to forget what came before.
I see you have let your own educational insecurities shine through in your latest rant in which you "bravely" attempted to decipher the "sad-sack story" of a Classical Studies scholar. If only you had taken a philosophy course about the Sophists, you might have been better at debating your point.