This week’s blog post will, most likely, tie in with last week’s post and blog council, but on a more ‘macro’ level – so make sure you give my Blog Council a read through! In order to help tackle our final blog post I’ve included a fair amount of ‘Wikipedia research’ and some interesting, and controversial, ideas regarding the nature of our Capitalistic-system and the importance – both historically and today – of a liberal arts education.
With this in mind, this week the aim of the blog prompt is to push us to consider the importance of a liberal arts education in the business environment, government system and overarching society in which we live. It is meant to be integrative – so feel free to impress!
Classically, the ‘liberal arts’ were the subjects and skills that were considered essential knowledge for citizens to know in order to take part in active civic life. Throughout the centuries, the meaning of a ‘liberal arts’ education has changed, morphed and been redefined. In today’s society and economic/political system, it has been proposed that we live in a system supported by “wage slavery” (see last weeks BC for the relevant Wiki quotes/explanation).
To what extent does a modern Liberal Arts education reflect the Ancient Greek ideal of cultivating the skills and knowledge necessary to be truly free in our society today?
In your quest to answer the above question you may consider including or touching-on (or not) these following, less general, questions (but be creative):
– Is a Liberal Arts education required to get and maintain a job that enables you to enjoy a standard of living above that equivalent to a “wage slavery” job?
– Can a Liberal Arts education be cultivated online – without a degree – and can this still improve one’s standard of living and level of civic engagement?
– If a classical liberal arts education – whether at the level of higher education or as a more integral part of public education – was more widely promoted, would America see an increase in voting? In protests? In small businesses? Would we see a decrease in crime? In divorce rates? Would we see an increase in the future generation’s education quality both in school and at home?