Since Professor Fest is planning to give a lecture on the importance of liberal arts education, I thought this would be a good excuse for me to plug one of my all time favorite essays “Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers,” by Scott Samuelson.
Samuelson challenges the idea that education is nothing more than a necessary part of a successful career path. He quotes Henry David Thoreau, “We seem to have forgotten that the expression ‘a liberal education’ originally meant among the Romans one worthy of free men; while the learning of trades and professions by which to get your livelihood merely, was considered worthy of slaves only.”
This article reaffirmed my opinion that education and career preparation should be two separate things. On a more personal note, this is also why I deeply regret my decision to major in English writing instead of philosophy.
I’d really love to know what you all think about this. Give it a read! At the very least, it will give you something to say next time some philistine asks you why you didn’t just major in engineering.