In yesterday’s Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente declared that the protests against tuition fees in Quebec are being led by students pursuing degrees in “sociology, anthropology, philosophy, arts, and victim-studies students, whose degrees are increasingly worthless in a world that increasingly demands hard skills.”
Such degrees were always worthless, apparently. Now they are increasingly so.
Here’s one response, from a writer with two degrees in Arts:
“University is not a trade school. No one believes that they will get a degree in Philosophy, then get a job philosophizing. I have yet to find the English and Creative Writing factory in my neighbourhood. University education is about the power of knowledge, about expanding the breadth of the discourse by becoming informed, and by developing the skills to argue against . . . journalists like Wente.”
The writer goes on to declare that free post-secondary education is a “dream,” but that there is something “within our grasp”: “a system of post-secondary education that would allow every student eager to learn the time and resources to do so, no matter their socio-economic background, or the discipline of their interest. The question now, is how do we get there? And the answer is to continue to stand up to not just the governments and institutions who control access to education, but also those like Wente with a wide public forum . . . .”
Perhaps the President or the Dean could write to the Globe and Mail, explaining the value of degrees in Arts. Does anyone else wish to do so? Or wish to respond here? And, dear students, would you like to have your say?