The False Promise of 'Practical' Education

The False Promise of ‘Practical’ Education 1

Keith Negley for The Chronicle Review

Liberal education is under siege. Educators are scrambling to hold on to liberal-arts traditions in the face of online instruction; critics contend that those traditions do little to prepare students for the high-tech jobs of the 21st century. While these challenges may seem new, brought on by technological and economic change, they belong at heart to a debate as old as America itself.

But there is a key difference that we ignore at our peril: