Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scientific Education: Do We Love Our Children?

In recent years, there has been withering criticism of liberal arts education. Perhaps this is because those most concerned about a meaningful university education work in liberal arts fields. Perhaps it is because what passes for the liberal arts has, in many places, been reduced to adolescent chatter, prompting a heated response by those who wish to avoid a descent into barbarism. But let us not forget that those of us who specialize in the sciences also have an important role to play in helping to preserve civilization.

Modern humans rely on a vast array of technology and depend upon science for its maintenance and extension. The impoverishment of scientific education is of great concern, because it will lead to a decline in scientific capability and will deprive students of exposure to some of the greatest creations of the human mind.  (more...)

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