Essay On Liberal Arts Education

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Is a Liberal Arts Education for everyone? There have been debates over whether or not a liberal arts education helps college students. A Liberal Education is defined as “an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. In “The New Liberal Arts” by Sanford Ungar, and “Are too many people going to college?” by Charles Murray both men discuss common questions that high school graduates should ask themselves whether or not college is right for them, how will it benefit them, and what type of college is right for them. Ungar and Murray reach level ground when discussing that a Liberal Arts college benefits a lot of people, but their agreements differ when determining the right age to obtain a liberal arts education. A liberal arts education has many benefits; broader knowledge on various topics, ample job…show more content…
Ungar stated that a liberal arts education is not strictly about politics, it promotes the idea of listening to all points of views and not relying on single ideology. Ungar believes the proper definition of liberal arts is “a conservative approach to preparation for life” (230). Ungar knows that a liberal arts education is beneficial for a successful society, he included that if China aspires to lead the world the need to provide younger people with a broader perspective education, or a liberal arts education. Murray agrees that a liberal arts education is necessary, he included viewpoints of Professor E.D. Hirsch Jr. “Full participation in any culture requires familiarity with a body of core knowledge, which is an important part of the glue that holds the culture together” (235). Murray unlike Ungar believes that liberal arts should be taught in grades Kindergarten-8th, because the younger someone is, the easier to retain
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