Do Not Listen to Peter Cohan and Cut the Humanities Departments

Rahim Kanani, Forbes, Jun 01, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In 1982 I made a decision that felt right at the time but which made no objective sense at the time: to switch majors from physics and instead to study philosophy. Here's what Peter Cohan, an author at Forbes, would have advised me: "Those students could skip college and go right to their jobs as waiters and receptionists." What he fails to understand is that I could not have become the researcher I am today without that philosophy degree. Hence the rather more sane advice from Rahim Kanani, also in Forbes: "the humanities instill a rigor of the mind that is purposeful, logical, independent, and creative (and hence) the need for the study of humanities has never been greater."

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