The Humanities in Education Essay

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The Humanities in Education

Education is the opportunity to learn and grow in your community, society, workplace, and even inside you. Education, quoted from Jon Spayde, a well-known interviewer and editor in his article titled Learning in the Key of Life, is about power: the power to know about the world around you and the people near and far from you. Education is culture, passed down from one group of people to another. We learn about these people through the humanities. Earl Shorris, a teacher for lower-class students quoted in the article Spayde wrote, said to his students on the first day of class, "You've been cheated. Rich people learn the humanities; you didn't. The humanities are a foundation for getting along in the world,
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According to Spayde, humanities will open our minds, make us think in a more creative manner, and also help us be able to think and argue our points more clearly to an audience. Great, gushing ideas are the words Spayde used. Cant you just see those thoughts and ideas? What wonderful descriptive words he used. Arent we all encouraged by our teachers and employers to aspire to great thoughts? The power to have these great thoughts would help anyone achieve their goals, and classes in the humanities will help. Humanities are a vital foundation to education.

A rich number of classes are offered to students in the humanities. If we used the humanities as the foundation of education, vast doors of understanding in todays mixed cultural world would be opened to us. We would be able to think more like people who were once different to us. Spayde calls the humanities subtle subjects because we dont truly know what learning the humanities will do to benefit us. What does Spayde mean when he says subtle subjects? Subtle, as defined in the Readers Digest Dictionary, is characterized by cunning, craft, or artifice, wily, crafty. Keen; penetrative; clever or refined (1336). Those are powerful and rich words themselves. These words force the mind to look at the humanities with curiosity. Spayde used subtle subjects to prove his point, that these classes are so vital! So why do people avoid these classes? Perhaps it is

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