Humanities prepare students for a changing economy: Opinion

December 2, 2020
The role of the humanities in preparing students for a changing economy might be overlooked in Ontario’s new performance-based funding model, writes Robert Wright, a history professor at Trent University Durham. The author explains that postsecondary institutions have shifted toward training students in specific skillsets that will lead to employment. However, the author writes that humanities graduates find employment in a variety of fields, and develop significant employable skills, such as strong writing and communication and the ability to analyze data through their education. “One thing can be said with certainty,” writes Wright. “The introduction of Queen’s Park’s revolutionary SMAs may not be measuring what matters most when our 20-somethings enter a workforce in which they will be expected to adapt relentlessly.” Ottawa Citizen (ON)