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The Enemies of Democracy

Citizens who do not know history are not equipped to make intelligent decisions about public policy. Citizens who are armed only with technical education are not equipped to make moral choices. Teddy Roosevelt once remarked, “To educate a man in mind and not morals is to educate a menace to society.” Our current political climate, motivated by fear, misinformation, and lies, is the inevitable outcome of devaluing humanities education. Voters are not educated in the facts, and do not possess critical thinking skills to be able to distinguish truth from falsehood. Privatization and corporatization of education are the tools of oligarchs and the enemies of democracy.

What’s Really Happening to the Humanities Under Neoliberalism?

The number of college students majoring in English, according to some contested reports, has plummeted. In general, the humanities are taking a back seat to more “pragmatic” majors in college. Students, apparently, are thinking more about jobs than about general learning. Given this trend, should schools be scaling back on the humanities?

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