IT’S SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES
“In “The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society,” Microsoft president Brad Smith argues that “as computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important. Languages, art, history, economics, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development courses can teach critical, philosophical and ethics-based skills that will be instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions.”
Likewise, arts and humanities students who can effectively marshal data and figures make better creative entrepreneurs, advocates and employees.” (“What critics of a liberal arts and sciences education are missing” by Frederick M. Lawrence, Fox News)
And, yet, colleges seem to be moving in an opposite direction.
As I have commented in previous blogs, higher education is, unfortunately, crossing over into traditional training objectives — and, away from the historical aims of a higher education. We see the movement away from a liberal arts exposure (with its attendant focus on thinking as exemplified by the great ideas and contributions made by history’s giants of thought and contribution). Instead, we are encountering an almost exclusive emphasis on “skills training” in a specific academic discipline with the sole intent of preparing an individual for professional labor — the historical province of skills training.
An insightful column by Heather Wilson entitled, “Our Superficial Scholars,” that was published by The Washington Post several years ago relates to this unfortunate shift in higher education. (Wilson is a former Republican member of the U.S. Congress, and a former Rhodes Scholar.)
Coupled with the current obsession for standardized testing (and, away from the traditional principles of learning) in our public school system, we should be concerned. History is written by individuals who were informed, pondered, explored and inspired when either circumstances or education liberated their imaginations and creative talents.
More on Monday – – –
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February 13, 2019
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