What students lose without the liberal arts: Ferguson Jr

May 9, 2019

The future will need more computer scientists and people fluent in the intricacies of technology, writes Robert W Ferguson Jr, but it will also need “workers who can communicate clearly and persuasively to vocalize their needs and the needs of others, and to boldly lead companies, charities and countries into an unpredictable future.” Ferguson argues that the growing emphasis on making a university education more career-oriented should not come at the expense of teaching verbal acuity and critical thinking. “The goal for all students should be to develop as expansive an education as possible, rooted in both skills and the knowledge that allows people to use those skills in broader and evolving context,” concludes Ferguson. Inside Higher Ed (International)