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Transcript for 'Who Needs an English Major?'

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Smith, Stephen, prod. "Who Needs an English Major?" Tomorrow's College. American Public Media. N.d. Radio. Transcript.

 

In this broadcast a host of people are discussing the value of liberal education. The broadcaster,Stephen Smith, himself is an english major with the others in the discussion all having some sort of degree of the liberal sort. Smith seems to be the moderator throughout the entire discussion.

 

The way in which liberal arts is discussed is interesting. Because liberal arts is on the chopping block, the curriculum has changed in order to stay relevant. Also, the discussion revolved around the liberal way that classes like physics are being taught. Moving from briefly discussing the history of liberal arts and where the term derived. Included is the detail of when this change of focus from liberal arts education happened, and somehow changes topic to discuss Antioch, a college and its struggle in liberal arts education.

 

This broadcast covers a range of liberal arts education centered statements within the conversation. These statements compiled together help give the audience a contemporary view of the liberal arts.

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How to turn a liberal arts degree into a paycheck

How to turn a liberal arts degree into a paycheck | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
College students earning liberal arts degrees can nearly double their job prospects -- and boost their starting salaries to boot -- by picking up a few technical skills before they graduate, a study suggests.
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Marklein, Mary. "How to turn a liberal arts degree into a paycheck." USA Today. Gannett, 27 Aug. 2013. Web. 25 July 2014. <http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/08/27/more-hope-for-liberal-arts-majors/2703707/>.

 

Mary Marklein of USA Today presents liberal arts degree holders with a strategy that will help them benefit from their major. Marklein offers taking classes that teach specific job related skills alongside your major. Her claim that doing this will make a liberal arts degree look well towards employers.

 

This idea is worth while to venture. Liberal arts degree offers the soft skills that employers are looking for, and taking some technical classes on top will give employers the full package. This article is very informative on employment of liberal art majors. Giving readers a view of what employers expect, the unemployment rate of liberal art careers, and the potential employment rate when the Marklein suggestion in action. 

 

Given the information that Marklein provides introducing this article into the debate of the worth of liberal arts degrees can prove beneficial. This validates the point that liberal arts degree is what employers look for and this suggestion that is given is logical. 

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New Study: Is No Degree Better Than A Liberal Arts Degree?

New Study: Is No Degree Better Than A Liberal Arts Degree? | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
A new study by Forbes contributor Dan Schawbel, who runs Millennial Branding, a one-man research and consulting firm in Boston that’s focused on millennials (born between the early ‘80s and the early 2000s), released a study today that comes to some conclusions I find startling. The most unsettling: If you [...]
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Adams, Susan. "New Study: Is No Degree Better Than A Liberal Arts Degree?." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 20 May 2014. Web. 26 July 2014. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/05/20/new-study-is-no-degree-better-than-a-liberal-arts-degree/>.

 

Author from Forbes Magazine dicusses what employers look for based on a study completed by Dan Schawbel. Not all employers look for the same thing, Adams say that employers look at majors, and the attitude of future employees. Surprisingly, information was cited that not all employers care for degree attainment. Also within the article,  is how employers look for candidates. 

 

Numbers are given that state that a great percentage of employers look for jobs in STEM based majors. Employers want employees that have a good attitude. As long as the employee has the required skills that employers look for, a college degree is not necessary. 

 

The skills that employers want can be obtained through a liberal arts degree. This article provides evidence for the claim that liberal arts education is what employers look for and can be benefical to the workplace.

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Observations upon Liberal Education, in All its Branches - Online Library of Liberty

Observations upon Liberal Education, in All its Branches - Online Library of Liberty | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
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George Turnbull, Observations upon Liberal Education, in All its Branches, ed. Terrence O. Moore, Jr. ,Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2003. Web. 24 July 2014.

 

The above is an online-book written by George Turnbull and edited by Terrence Moore. This book thoroughly explores the importance of liberal education in the youth. It examines liberal arts from its historic founding.

 

Scanning through the length of the book, it is obvious that its focus centers on history's dealings with the liberal arts. From the great minds of the Romans and Greeks alike, Turnbull cites the affects of a liberal education in the youth. The book investigates the idea that this sort of education cultivates the minds and prepares them to deal with the world. 

 

This book is relevant to the conversation of liberal education because it correlates liberal education with succeeding in the world. This idea is important to incorporate, because succeeding in the world encompasses being successful as in all parts of life, work included. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Career Girls: Breast Surgeon "The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education" - YouTube

This clip is part the Career Girls ongoing series of career guidance/inspiration videos. See more at http://www.careergirls.org.
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careergirls. "Career Girls: Breast Surgeon "The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education." online video clip. Youtube. Youtube, 27 February 2012. Web. 24 July 2014. 


This is an interview given by careergirls of a breast surgeon. In the video names are not specified. The woman interviewed is asked to speak about her benefits from a liberal arts education. The woman does state that she is alumni of the university called Harvard. 


There is talk about the value that this education proves itself relevant in her line of work. She also adds that she was given the opportunity to work with what she likes. What she says appeals to a persons aspirations. This is said because, most people want to be given the opportunity to work in the field that they love. 


Having a Harvard student praising liberal education aids the argument that liberal education is good, because she adds validity. One reason being is that she is from one of the top universities in america. Another being the point that this form of education helped her succeed.

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Is a liberal arts degree worth it? | Need to Know | PBS

Is a liberal arts degree worth it? | Need to Know | PBS | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
What does calligraphy have to do with computing? The governor of Florida wants to cut funding to non-science departments at public universities. But the liberal arts have served as a crucial source of inspiration for innovators like Steve Jobs.
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Gentile, Sal. "Is a liberal arts degree worth it?." PBS. WNET.ORG, 27 Oct. 2011. Web. 25 July 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/the-daily-need/is-a-liberal-arts-degree-worth-it/12107/>.

 

As the titles suggest, the above article answers the worth of a liberal arts degree. Gentile brings about a topic that is the concern of many students and educators alike. Gentile's claim is that a liberal arts degree ,when paired with the right classes, is certainly worth it.

 

Gentile presents the problem and the opposing argument before he gets around to proving is claim. In the fourth paragraph, he introduces a quote by Crow, president of Arizona State University, which cites an interesting opinion. From this opinon another question can arise: What exactly is the objective of college? Without going off into another direction in his argumnet, he effectively ties this notion into his claim. Which he continues to back up with the noting of the liberal background of influential people, like Steve Jobs. 

 

This is curated for the reason that it poses an interesting view and begs the question of the purpose of college. That people go to college to prepare them for all aspects of life. A liberal arts education provides a broad spectrum, that degree holders can benefit from and apply to day-to-day life. 

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Some worry liberal arts degree might make job hunt harder - Business - The Times-Tribune

Some worry liberal arts degree might make job hunt harder - Business - The Times-Tribune | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
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"Some worry liberal arts degree might make job hunt harder." The Scranton Times-Tribune 17 Mar. 2013: n. pag. Print.

 

 

The Scranton Times Tribune staff writes a newspaper article that explores employment payout offered between liberal art majors and technical based fields. Although, it seems that the staff offers a view that leans more toward liberal art majors. This article might pacify those who are hesistant to obtain a liberal arts degree. 

 

The article does comment on the high tuiton that liberal arts degrees cost. At first glance, looking at numbers it does not seem worth pursuing a liberal arts education. The cost is high, and some of the liberal arts job payout is not as high as the techinical fields. This article cites professor at the University of Scranton, Dr. Kraus saying that the purpose of college is not to directly link you to a job but, to prepare for life.This preperation is important, but it begs the question: at what cost?

 

This article makes the statement that colleges is not there to link you to employment. This is curated because it is a different perspective on the meaning of higher education.

 

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Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires, Survey Finds

Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires, Survey Finds | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
College presidents and corporate executives have signed a compact emphasizing the importance to a successful career of a broad, liberal-arts education.
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Supiano, Beckie. "Employers Want Broadly Educated New Hires, Survey Finds." The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicles of Higher Education, 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 25 July 2014. <http://chronicle.com/article/Employers-Want-Broadly/138453/>.

 

Supiano notes the worries that students may have about not being qualified in the workplace if they obtain a liberal arts degree. She quiets those worries with surveys and quotes from professionals on the matter. Colleges have stressed the importance of a liberal education, Supiano implores for the backing of employers to change the negative stance that some take to liberal education. 

 

It is believed that nothing will change, unless the employers show proof that they want liberal degree holders. Using the quotes from employers, is an intelligent move because it does validate the reason for getting a liberal arts education.Inside is a hyperlink that leads to the AAC&U pact that encourgaes employers and educators to sign in an effort to push for liberal eduacation.

 

This is included within the curation because it begs for a stance to be made. Apart of the claim is that liberal education is exactly what employers are looking for in employees. 

 

 

 

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LEAP | What is Liberal Education?

ThASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: THE NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ASSOCIATION COMMITTED TO MAKING THE AIMS OF LIBERAL LEARNING A VIGOROUS AND CONSTANT INFLUENCE ON EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE AND INSTITUTIONAL PLANNING.

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"What is a 21st Century Liberal Education?." LEAP. Association of American Colleges and Universities, n.d. Web. 24 July 2014. <http://www.aacu.org/leap/what_is_liberal_education.cfm>.

 

"What is a 21st Century Liberal Education?" is a scholarly article defining Liberal Education in today's society. There are links that are included within the article, that provides you with further information on the subject. Alongside the links there are quotes, a statistic, and a chart that compares and contrasts a liberal education in the twenty-first century against the twentieth century.

 

This is an article that is in support of Liberal Education. In addition to defining what liberal education grants, it distinguishes it from what it might be confused with. The chart was helpful in the sense that it puts into perspective the change in importance of liberal education now versus a century ago. Just a century ago this form of education was held to a lesser value. Now it is all schools, and the chart also highlights the "necessity" of it now. The quotes are used to give insight on which the reader can use to make their decision to agree or disagree with the idea of liberal education.

 

In order to establish the link between liberal education and employment it is important to fully explain in detail what liberal education entails, as well as the perspectives on the subject. 

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The Goals of a Liberal Education free mind map download

The Goals of a Liberal Education free mind map download | The Importance of Liberal Arts Education | Scoop.it
A map of the essay "Only Connect: The Goals of a Liberal Education" by Prof. William Cronon. I use this to talk to the parents of my 8th…
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Cronon, William. "The Goals of a Liberal Education." free mind map download. biggerplate.com, n.d. Wetb. 24 July 2014. <http://www.biggerplate.com/mindmaps/9l4zWxLd/the-goals-of-a-liberal-education>.

 

The above image represents the goals that teachers of liberal education intend to meet. Shared on the hyperlinked site above by teacher who goes by the handle garth48(1). Garth48(1) states that they use this map to explain to parents of their 8th grade students the methods employed in the classroom. 

 

The map is colorful, and includes clipart. I imagine that this would be something a teacher would put up in his or her classroom to explain the curriculum to students,as well a parents. Much like maps used in brainstorming methods, it goes from the broader goals into the skills that the student will learn as the school year grows.

 

I curated this image for the reason that it defines liberal education in a basic and colorful way.  This definition is the backbone of the argument that those who receive a liberal education can benefit in  the workplace. Identifying the skills that liberal education gives can be linked to the idea that these skills are what these students will employ in the workplace, later in the future.

      

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