With the sticker price for college soaring, the public has grown skeptical of the value of higher education in general and liberal arts in particular.
John Kuykendall, president emeritus of Davidson College, suggests that the 'danger' in a liberal education is not making the most of it. Kuykendall argues that George Washington Scott and the other founders of what was then Decatur Female Seminary knew exactly what they were doing establishing a 'school of high character' in 1889.
In this video from WGBH's, Kuykendall says liberal learning requires doing something with what we learn, and that it implies that we focus not so much on making a living as in making a life.
"Lack of certainty is the very nature of the venture of life, and I'm convinced it's also woven into the fabric of liberal learning," he says. "You never know where it's going to take you."
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