Importance Of Liberal Education By Louis Menand
21 October 2016
Essay Final Draft (Problem Solving Report English 151) Louis Menand expresses his view on the importance of re-imagining liberal education, “but the only way to develop curiosity, sympathy, principle, and independence of mind is to practice being curious, sympathetic, principled, and independent” (536). Menand’s point describes an experience all students should want to gain through liberal education. Liberal education provides students with depth in all studies and broad knowledge for the real world.
College education needs to be flexible with students possible passions being a top priority, liberal education should be available at all colleges, and are open to …show more content…
We are the books our students read most closely” (Menand 536). Grading is what every college student stresses about the most throughout their four years. A wise way of grading is used at The Evergreen State College where professors evaluate their student, then the student evaluate themselves, and lastly the student evaluate their professors. This system allows the students to really dig deep into their work, where they went right and wrong, as well as how to build up from there. Lastly, majors are what cause so much stress upon students with choosing their school as well as asking the students at just eighteen years old to decide what they want to do for the rest of the lives. “Unlike other colleges, Evergreen doesn’t offer majors or minors. You can focus your studies in a particular area, and you have the option of designating that as your area of emphasis” (The Evergreen State College). Giving a student the choice to explore several, different fields can result in the student saving time and money, as well as truly find and explore themself, and benefit their future …show more content…
A liberal education provides students with preparation for the real world. It provides cultural and social knowledge as well as problem solving and communication, which students can apply to the world once they graduate from college and venture out on their own. Students who graduate high school and begin college are only eighteen years young and do not have an exact idea as to what’s out there in the world, “about 80 percent of students in the United States end up changing their major at least once, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career” (Ramos 1). Ramos mentions a helpful point that more than three quarters of college students do not start their college career knowing what their future major will be, giving the students the chance to be educated