The economic case for a liberal arts education

The economic case for a liberal arts education
The arts have traditionally taught students how to be critical thinkers. (Image: Bloomberg)
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By Allison Schrager The humanities and social sciences are failing. Their popularity in the US has been waning in recent years, as many students enter STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to seek skills directly applicable to their careers. But the past few months have exposed a deeper weakness: the humanities and social sciences are no longer training students to be critical thinkers.Not only does this failure create serious challenges for the country's culture and democracy, it also leaves students less...

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