How do you defend the humanities?

Interesting debate tying into the bigger question of what are universities for - is it just about finding a job, or is there something more important going on there? A leading critic of government higher education policy has launched a stinging attack on the University of Oxford, accusing it of being disingenuous in its arguments in favour of the humanities. Stefan Collini, professor of English literature and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge, attacked…

History of Value? @timeshighered

A number of US arts and humanities departments are fighting back against calls that the liberal arts aren't worth funding as they don't lead directly to jobs... In response, several associations of universities with four-year courses are fighting back. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is aggressively advocating the importance of imparting “broad knowledge and transferable skills”. And the Council of Independent Colleges has established a Campaign for the Liberal Arts that will…

“Not by skills alone” @timeshighered

In their haste to prepare students for a career, universities have lost sight of the true meaning of education, argues Steven Schwartz "I don't think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while - just once in a while - there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn't, it's just a disgusting waste of time! But…