Growing up this quote by Malcom X sets the tone for my attitude towards education. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” In today’s world, a higher education is the cornerstone of life. Regarding the debate of a liberal education over the years, I concur with Shorris’s points in On the Uses of a Liberal Education as a Weapon in the Hands of the Restless Poor and wish to qualify with Edmundson’s points in On the Uses of a Liberal Education as Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students. Edmundson used to suppose that a liberal education was beneficial for everyone and was originally for self-betterment. However, recently Edmundson suggests that liberal arts have changed their pedagogy and brings “a consumer weltanschauung to school”. While Shorris on the other hand who is unapologetically liberal believes liberal education can be “a weapon” for the poor if they are given the access to these tools. What Shorris means by this is a liberal education can be a pathway to politicize those under privileged via non-vocational academic discipline, the humanities. In the discussions of a liberal education, one controversial issue has been the culture wars over the decades.
On the one hand, Edmundson argues that colleges have been reformed so that students treated as potential customers instead of truly learning because they are essentially lackluster due to their privilege and lost their desire to learn. Perhaps some students feel indifferent about higher education for various reasons. To avoid this consumer view, the question institutions should ask students is “how should this knowledge, hope and deserve for more in life inst...
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... liberal education and must learn the humanities in an indirect way. Institutions truly adjust to attract students nevertheless that does not devalue the institution quality of education until the college or university begin to essentially “baby” students with innocuous work.
Followers and critics of Edmundson will probably argue that students don’t strive against the existing conformity. However, I wholeheartedly endorse the ideology behind a liberal arts education; yet to avoid the issue that Edmundson sees we need to have a diverse variety of education options since everyone has different educational goals. Education in my opinion should be supportive of personal and intellectual growth. Overall, I found both authors convincing regarding their stances of a liberal education and this was an interesting seeing instructor’s perspective regarding the education system.
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