“Only a sick political climate” measures PSE’s value with economics alone, says UA contributor

October 7, 2016

“The argument in favour of the liberal arts is not that graduates get respectable jobs with their degrees,” writes Andrew Moore for University Affairs, “[it] is that only a sick political climate uses economic productivity alone to measure human success.” Moore criticizes arguments that defend the liberal arts by citing economic statistics such as average salaries or employers’ demand for “soft skills,” arguing that these defenses miss the point by conceding to the idea that the value of a university degree must be measured in economic terms. Moore highlights the Syrian refugee crisis, the ascent of Donald Trump, and the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women as pressing problems that cannot and will not be addressed by investments in technology or innovation, but only through the debate and reflection fostered in liberal arts education. University Affairs