The Importance Of Liberal Arts Education

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When one imagines a tree, they might call to mind a grand oak tree, or a sprout of an apricot tree; regardless, they have the same characteristics. Grounded in a stable foundation, their roots extend pulling in sustenance from foreign areas. As one rises to the trunk of the tree, it provides support for the quintessential part of the tree. While rugged in its outer appearance, it serves as a bridge between the roots to the top of the tree. The upper section is a reservoir of light absorbing leaves and essentially the fruit of the tree for what it is known for. Much like this idea of a tree, some argue it is important to structure one’s education in a similar way. While having strong, stable roots pulling from a variety of sources, an individual …show more content…
Even in the times of international war, liberal arts have been on the radar. Even the leaders of war “asserted that a liberal arts education was necessary for the defense of Euro-American values” (Jones 46). If a country is able to see the importance education at the pinpoint of a crisis, it will be deemed just as important at any point in time. Taking out war time for class time is vital for a countries’ development since it gives the individual a deeper appreciation for their history, values, and world as a whole. While seeking for a larger picture of the situation, an individual will also not succumb to the society norm; rather, one will be able to think as an independent person through the process of analyzing. Dorothy Sayers argued it is important to have the “proper training of the mind to encounter and deal with the formidable mass of undigested problems presented to it by the modern world” (“Lost Tools of Learning”). After one walks off of the graduation stage and into the reality of a career field, they must be able to find connections of a similar circumstance and apply is to another. If one is merely intent on memorizing the facts, they will be unable to utilize the information which will lead to not absorbing the most out of their devoted time to college. This period of life is devoted to developing an independent person, and finding one’s true self. …show more content…
When one engages in the classroom, they also can “glorify God through their study and work and enjoy their God-given ability to observe and understand the natural world” (Whitney 348). Through this learning, one is able to have a greater appreciation for God’s creation when they have a deeper understanding, taking into account all of areas of study. While absorbing a more diverse amount of knowledge, an individual will be able to make more connections to their faith because they will be able to make connections to Christ’s life in everyday situations. As Christians, one is called to seek knowledge “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding” (Proverbs 3:13). Finding this true wisdom is a challenge in today’s world; however through a liberal arts college, one may decipher the truth out of all the facts surfacing. According to C.S Lewis, by “rising above animal-like imprisonment to a stream of sense experience, a person may gain greater freedom to see and act upon the truth through his studies” (276). This “sense experience” must be developed, and the optimal place is at a liberal arts college. By literally learning how to think, seeking to find the larger picture whether in history, science, math, etc. one will fostering the growth of their independent thoughts and be able to deny the worldly

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