Economics of Education Essay

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The Economics of Education Although I believe that Liberal Arts should remain on the college curriculum I also believe that those students who want to specialize in a certain field should not be forced to take a growing number of classes that are not directly associated to their major. This is the basis for the argument of specialization versus generalization. Judah McAuley’s article on selling your education is something to be considered in today’s day and age. McAuley begins by explaining there was a layer of society that was interested in the fine arts music, philosophy and explains that they were intellectuals. McAuley goes on to say that they treasured education and they were both rich and poor. In the beginning McAuley emphasizes that few people were able to achieve this degree of education but in the last one-hundred years it has become more achievable to everyone. Since education has become more achievable to everyone more students enroll in college and more students are not interested in the Liberal Arts they are more interested in obtaining a job after graduation. With more and more people able to achieve this level of education, one would think that society would become more interested in the fine arts. To McAuley’s discourse, this does not seem to be the case. Few people are able to analyze a work of fiction and have meaningful discussions on the really important events in today’s society. McAuley suggest that the Liberal Arts are dying. In Zanes essay “Lack of Curiosity is Curious” he writes that students are not interested in the Liberal Arts and want to specialize in certain areas and because of the total lack of interest some students wouldn’t take the time to even remember his name. McAuley explains that the human race is not much different than animals in the fact that we are remarkable in no special way, and the only thing that makes us
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