“The New Liberal Arts”

In the article “The New Liberal Arts” by Sanford J. Ungar, he states that during these economic times the field of liberal arts has suffered greatly. He shares with us a number of misconceptions that people have about a liberal arts education. Some of these include but are not limited to misconceptions, that say a degree in Liberal is something people can no longer afford. This is true but he goes on to say that it is worth the investment because the ideas you will learn will formulate the world we live in. Another misconception he brings up is that it is harder now a days for graduates to find jobs in this field. Sanford explains that even though it is difficult, it can improve your critical thinking skills as well as your communication with others. The final misconception that I thought was important, was that liberal arts do not pertain for low-income students and first-genartion college students.  He states that this is an untrue fact because an individual can not be prejudice of a person’s social and economic stature. These are some major misconceptions that stood out to me. There are more examples he expresses.

According to Sanford J. Ungar “the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing, and almost as many urged the development of better critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills (p.192).”  In other words Sanford is expressing to the readers that a liberal arts education can help students improve in certain areas. They will be able to speak to one another in a clearer way as well as to improve in their critical thinking.  In Sanford view “We cannot assign different socioeconomic groups tp different levels or types of education (p.193).” The essence of Sanford argument is that you can not discriminate against people and their cultures.  Liberal arts is for the rich as well as the poor.

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5 Responses to “The New Liberal Arts”

  1. Anastasia Shakalis says:

    In reading your summary from the article, “The New Liberal Arts” you pointed out nice misconceptions said by the author. I was just wondering, is there a misconception that you can connect to? Or that you agree with more so then the others

  2. I agree with the one that says that says a degree in liberal arts is something one can no longer afford. This is true in today’s economy, because many are without jobs and some do not have money to pay for college. It is a big problem and we have to find a way for students to be able to afford the education they desire.

  3. ahmedrammar says:

    i agree with your comment on the financial burden college may cause , i also agree with the author’s advice about Liberal-Arts courses that could be taken at a lower cost community college,
    i defifntaly like the way you summerized the article, short and driven to the point.

  4. Hi Ilana, I agree that you wrote a strong summary, and I think the quotes you incorporated in your response were important ones to draw our attention to.

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