Posts from "March, 2012"

Both Science and Liberal Arts Are Required for 21st Century Says President of Duke U.

Excerpt:

“We also need to make clear that in
promoting the humanities, we are not deriding the sciences or encouraging
trade-offs between the two. For the health of our society, we need to train
minds that have learned plural disciplines and can move freely among them.  Our colleagues in China and Singapore are
trying to figure out the mysterious secret of liberal arts education, the
broad-based, integrative training spanning the arts and sciences which they see
as producing America’s adaptive, inventive kind of leader. It will be ironic if we fail to
nourish and protect this asset just when others are recognizing its value.

To develop fully, skills in language, the arts and social inquiry must
start being built at early ages, then broadened and deepened in further stages
of schooling.  Too often, the segments of
this educational pathway are quite detached from each other, with fragmenting
results at best.”

More here: http://today.duke.edu/2012/03/humanitiestalk

Former CEO of Lockheed Martin Comments in WSJ on the Necessity of Humanistic Study for Engineers

Excerpt:
“In fact, students who are exposed to more modern methods of history
education–where critical thinking and research are emphasized–tend to
perform better in math and science. As a case in point, students who
participate in National History Day–actually a year-long program that
gets students in grades 6-12 doing historical research–consistently
outperform their peers on state standardized tests, not only in social
studies but in science and math as well.

In my position as CEO of a firm
employing over 80,000 engineers, I can testify that most were excellent
engineers–but the factor that most distinguished those who advanced in
the organization was the ability to think broadly and read and write
clearly.”

More here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904265504576568351324914730.html