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In defense of a liberal education: Fareed Zakaria on the value of broad-based learning

August 10, 2015

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Fareed Zakaria explains why deemphasizing the humanities in favor of specific, technical skills might be putting America on a dangerously narrow path for the future. While STEM courses are crucial components of education, Zakaria argues that English, philosophy and other liberal arts are equally as vital.

According to Zakaria, a broad general education helps foster critical thinking, creativity, and innovation: "Technical chops are just one ingredient needed for innovation and economic success. America overcomes its disadvantage - a less-technically-trained workforce - with other advantages such as creativity, critical thinking and an optimistic outlook."

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