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Study Up For 'Think': Why Liberal Education Matters

May 28, 2014

Which will yield the most advantageous results: higher education focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) or postsecondary schools based in liberal arts? At noon, Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth will join Krys Boyd on Think to discuss his book “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.”

(Update: Listen to the Think conversation here.)

Roth lends a brief version of his view in an op-ed published by The Boston Globe.  Most American leaders – business leaders in particular – agree it's more important for graduates to be well-rounded and possess broader capabilities such as problem solving and communication skills, according to a poll by Northeastern University.

Liberal arts education is not irrelevant and produces better scientists, Carol T. Christ wrote  for the American Council on Education.

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, on the other hand, said we as a nation should be embarrassed that more scientists know about liberal arts than liberal artists know about science in this short clip.

Listen to Think on KERA 90.1 at noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. You can also stream the show live online.