Putting Education Reform To The Test

Why Thomas Jefferson’s Liberal Arts Education Still Matters

The chairman of the board of visitors at The College of William & Mary takes on Gov. Rick Scott and others who would emphasize science and technology education over the liberal arts.

Today the value of a liberal arts education is being questioned. One high-profile critic is Florida Governor Rick Scott, who famously slammed anthropology majors as being unprepared for productive careers. (His daughter holds a degree in anthropology from William & Mary, where our renowned anthropology department has long been involved in revealing the history of nearby Jamestown and other parts of our colonial heritage.)

Governor Scott called for steering his state’s educational funding away from the liberal arts. He and fellow critics question the value of investing in liberal arts education, as they fail to see immediate, tangible benefits for society.

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