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A Practical Education: Why Liberal Arts Majors Make Great by Randall Stross

By Randall Stross

The liberal arts significant is usually lampooned: missing in "skills," unqualified for a certified profession, underemployed. yet learning for the enjoyment of studying seems to be unusually functional. in contrast to career-focused schooling, liberal schooling prepares graduates for something and everything—and frightened "fuzzy significant" scholars, their much more apprehensive mom and dad, collage profession heart pros, and potential employers might do good to include liberal arts majors. simply glance to Silicon Valley, of all locations, to determine that liberal arts majors can be triumphant no longer regardless of, yet as a result of, their education.

A useful Education investigates the real-world studies of graduates with humanities majors, the majors that may appear the least employable in Silicon Valley's engineering-centric offices. Drawing at the reports of Stanford college graduates and utilizing the scholars' personal bills in their schooling, task searches, and primary paintings stories, Randall Stross presents heartening demonstrations of the way multi-capable liberal arts graduates are. while given a primary chance, those majors thrive in paintings roles that not anyone may have predicted.

Stross additionally weaves the scholars' tales with the historical past of Stanford, the increase colleges, the longstanding competition among engineering and the liberal arts, the start of occupational trying out, and the recognition of laptop technological know-how schooling to track the evolution in puzzling over the best way to arrange scholars for pro futures. His specified combination of current and prior produces a provocative exploration of the way most sensible to make use of the undergraduate years.

At a time while associations of upper studying are more and more known as directly to justify the tangible advantages of the liberal arts, A sensible Education reminds readers that the main precious education for an unknowable destiny is the common, time-tested training of a liberal education.

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