In a recent Op-Ed New York Times columnist, Frank Bruni, recalls a defining moment from his undergraduate experience in order to take on the reductive thinking that equates college with the need to meet “work force needs.” Bruni recalls a specific lecture on King Lear at the University of North Carolina as “the steppingstone to a more aware, thoughtful existence.” While he acknowledges the need for accountability in higher education, he insists on the impossibility of placing “a dollar value on a nimble, adaptable intellect, which isn’t the fruit
of any specific course of study and may be the best tool for an economy
and a job market that change unpredictably.”
See the link below for the full column.
*Thanks to Nick Mason for the reference.