In chapter three “In the defense of a Liberal Education” author Fareed Zakaria opens up what he believes to be “central virtue of liberal education”(72). He writes that it teaches one how to think critically and clearly. He explains that thinking is the stronger advantage one could have in writing well. Before writing it helps first people to think in a critical sense so work should be using simple language in a well comprehendible way. Another part Zakaria mentions the importance of communication. The influence you can make on other people by tremendous power in pours waving skills for good or bad in expressing yourself clearly in speech. Last but not least he talks about the value of a liberal education in learning to learn. It
It does not focus on the basic elements of knowledge, but rather encompasses the broader sense of knowledge. Liberal arts, described as “a conservative approach to preparation for life,” (Ungar, 2017, p. 230) prepares students for life by weighing all knowledge as equal and beneficial. Furthermore, it prepares students for the future careers they desire to pursue. Contrary to the belief that liberal arts are useless in the job field, employers desire employees with an liberal arts degree; because employers place high value on innovative employees, who can think critically within the job field. Employers recognize that a liberal arts education equips individuals to communicate effectively and to analyze various problems. Ungar says, “What seemed a radical idea in business education 10 years or so ago- that critical and creative thinking is as “relevant” as finance or accounting- is now commonplace.” (Ungar, 2017, p. 228) The work industry constantly adapts to the world, so, it is crucial to have employees equipped with the skills to understand those changes not only from a stateside perspective, but also from a foreign perspective. Once employers do this, they can apply these changes to their job force. Ideas, that once seemed impossible, now seem ordinary in modern time. Liberal arts education equips students to understand
Clear, concise, and cohesive: all necessities of an argument. Matthew Sanders, a college professor at the University of Utah, writes in his online bio that he enjoys analyzing the ways of teaching and learning, which is exactly what Sanders does in his book. In Matthew L, Sanders’ book Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education he argues that college is meant to develop a person into a greater being not to teach them job skills. To develop Sanders’ claim, learning is more than just retaining facts, he correctly aligns his rhetorical situation and uses elements of generative and persuasive arguments. These techniques can include new angles, appeals, storytelling, and many other strategies to influence its readers
Ever wanted to throw down that textbook and read something enjoyable for once? Well, go ahead! Chunk that dull textbook out a window and pick up a comic; it will be more beneficial to your education than you think. The skills and values that liberally educated people should posses can vary from different views, yet the list of ten qualities that William Cronon created in his article, “’Only Connect…’ The Goals of a Liberal Education”(1998), is an inspirational goal for the liberally educated. Cronon’s list of qualities includes solving problems and puzzles, empowering others, and understanding how to get stuff done in the world. However, as I read through Cronon’s list, I could not come up with one person who had all ten qualities of a liberally
Critical thinking is a part of every day life in order to become a fair-minded thinker. Within the next couple of years I am hoping to become an educator for future Surgical Technologist in our hospital. We as adults working in the medical field have to you utilize this on a daily basis, but being human we all fall short to often. The ability to analyze a concept objectively, considering the facts and differing perspectives to reach a sound, logical conclusion is thinking critically (Mendes, 2017). This is the definition that can help everyone in the workplace. Critical thinking is not an automatic thought process, it is a skill that everyone needs to be educated on sometime in their life. Most people base their decisions on their own
In Sanford J. Ungar’s essay, “The New Liberal Arts”, his argument supports a liberal arts education. He gives the reader examples of misperceptions of a liberal arts
“There are so many accountants but it’s so difficult to get somebody, who is a new graduate, but already knows [the job]. [Their] college education should have prepared them for that.” – Lucy Tarriela, Asst. Treasurer, Employers Confederation of the Philippines.
Ungar writes to correct false stereotypes of liberal arts education and asserts that liberal arts will create well-rounded students armed to achieve success. Wallace declares that liberal arts instead provides human value through creating graduates able to think differently outside of the natural human tendency, not graduates with more value through experience in more fields as Ungar sees it. Although Wallace does not disprove Ungar, I support his perspective that what a liberal arts education provides is more than what meets the eye. Graduates of liberal arts may be able to claim that they were provided with experience in several areas, but this does not guarantee to the employer that they are strong and valuable still in those areas. What can be guaranteed, however, is that a liberal arts graduate is well prepared to control how and what they think—as Wallace Describes—regardless of content they are able to recall from their schooling and put into practice. Simply put, I am with Wallace in the view that a liberal arts education will produce employees more able to work smarter and more efficiently, and although Ungar believes that value comes from simply broad experience, I still maintain that liberal arts creates value like no
Jobs are looking for you to be well rounded, and having a liberal arts degree opens the door for you to be able to accomplish that. Ungar goes on to explain how there is a misperception about college graduates not being able to find jobs with a liberal arts education. Ungar uses a survey to show that companies actually prefer employees that have the skills and knowledge that a liberal arts education offers. Ungar states that some believe a liberal arts education is unsuccessful.
The liberal arts are those subjects or skills that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person (Latin:liberal, "worthy of a free person") to know in order to take an active part in civic life, something that (for Ancient Greece) included participating in public debate. These two articles are talking about the misperception that people see about Liberal Arts. Most people hear liberal arts and think, I will not get a good job with this degree, or nobody will hire me. People do not think they will make good money or there is no good money coming from a Degree of Liberal arts. Wallace and Ungar explained to us that you can get a lot out of a Liberal arts degree because that’s what most people are
In this discussion, Dr. Timothy Larsen discussed the calling and the mission of a Christian liberal arts college and how a college like Northwestern allows us as students to connect our faith, purpose, intellect, and service. Throughout the speech, Larsen argued against the critics who believe that a liberal arts education is worthless and that students who attend such colleges are “being scammed” because they are taught things that they will never otherwise use in their careers and/or life. These critics of a liberal arts education do not believe there is a utility-maximizing point for the widened array of required subject study offered at a liberal arts college. In
Today, in the era of big data, machinery, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), it is common to hear that liberal arts degrees and humanities majors are, well, comparatively worthless. Edward Conard, the author of the essay "We don't need more humanities majors", stands by this idea and argues that individuals with degrees in the STEM fields contribute far more to the economy and society than those who major and get degrees in the humanities/liberal arts field. This is actually not the case. Humanities help us understand people through their histories, cultures, and language with majors having an emphasis on languages, literature, music, art, and philosophy. Without humanities, we would not have been able to progress
In the early days Liberal art education provided students with information that allowed them to expand their knowledge. It brings a strong foundation for students because it highlights the necessity of science, writing, art, philosophy, and history. These are fundamental to being a well-rounded and successful student. In In Defense Of Liberal Education by Faread Zakaria, the author emphasizes on the important concept of liberal arts, which begs the question: how does Zakaria define liberal art? Zakaria exemplified the importance of Liberal Arts because of its importance to success. He explored liberal arts through statistics,
First, a liberal arts education teaches a student how to think. Rather than getting information from one specific source (specialized fields), our brains needs to obtain information from multiple sources (general area of study) to help
Some topics that will be discussed in this paper will be how an individual can apply the top three critical thinking skills at work, school, and throughout everyday life. Likewise, the other items that will be clarified is the meaning of each of these critical thinking skills. The top three critical thinking skills are to analyze, synthesize, and to evaluate. These skills are a central facet of everyday life and to know how to properly use them will help in the long run. Each of these skills build off each other and it would be good to know what these skills mean in their entirety. The top three critical thinking skills will be explained and examples will be provided about how one can use these at work, school, and throughout life.