Stop arguing for the humanities in economic terms, says Chronicle contributor

August 9, 2016

“Economic arguments for the value of a humanistic education will not save the humanities, and we should stop making them,” writes LD Burnett for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Burnett rejects the claim that the humanities’ value lies in the development of critical thinking or any other transferrable skills, and instead argues that the future of the humanities rests on values that are non-financial and only tangentially related to employment outcomes. “We must insist on the importance of sustaining other values besides the purely pecuniary,” Burnett concludes. “That is the ground upon which we must stand.” Chronicle of Higher Education