Looking for practical ideas to save the humanities
Lydia McGrew writes:
I have a new post up at WWWtW called “Plotting to Save the Humanities.” It makes reference to your call for conservatives to try to put together an alternative culture in a practical way. I’m not terribly hopeful in the particular area I’m discussing in the post—higher education in the humanities. But I’m asking my readers for their insights on what resources there might be for finding traditional and well-qualified young scholars.
Laura W. writes:
The discipline of literature is comatose. It will remain so for many years to come, kept from complete demise by a few colleges, such as Hillsdale, and a few professors here and there. The number of families willing to pay $40,000 to have their child pursue the rigorous study of literature is minuscule and the number of students who posses the necessary literacy is equally tiny. True literacy, once so widespread in this country, is an oddity today. It has died because people wanted it to die.Daniel P. writes:
My wife recently took an online course at the local university, the course was taught with online videos and a discussion board where one makes and reads posts similar to a blog except its private and no one is anonymous. It was of course horribly overpriced, but it got me to thinking. While still primarily a junior college thing, several universities are offering online degrees, replete with the hefty price tag.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 11, 2008 12:33 AM | Send