June 6, 2008
An End to Foreign Languages, an End to the Liberal Arts
Is foreign-language teaching at the college level simply a numbers game? Put another way, should administrators follow the feet of students as they make their wishes known by the courses they choose? Sure, if universities conceive of themselves as trade schools preparing their students for employment. If that is really the aim, administrators could — and perhaps will — cut history courses, art, English, creative writing, music, philosophy, and much else.