Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors

David Kalt is the founder of Reverb.com, a marketplace for musical instruments and gear, and the owner of the Chicago Music Exchange, a vintage guitar store in Chicago. He also co-founded and was the former CEO of online broker optionsXpress.

Studying the Humanities Is Vital in the Information Age

In an era fixated with science, technology, and data, the humanities are in decline. They’re more vital than ever. Earlier this month, the Washington Post journalist Jeff Guo wrote a detailed account of how he’d managed to maximize the efficiency of his cultural consumption. “I have a habit that horrifies most people,” he wrote.

Study Theology, Even If You Don’t Believe in God

Even in the United Kingdom, where secular bachelor’s programs in theology are more common, prominent New Atheists like Richard Dawkins have questioned their validity in the university sphere.

History isn’t a ‘useless’ major. It teaches critical thinking, something America needs plenty more of

Since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007, the history major has lost significant market share in academia, declining from 2.2% of all undergraduate degrees to 1.7%. Why are college students turning away from studying history as preparation for a future as citizens and workers?

The teacher pay gap is wider than ever: Teachers’ pay continues to fall further behind pay of comparable workers

What this report finds: The teacher pay penalty is bigger than ever. In 2015, public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17.0 percent lower than those of comparable workers-compared with just 1.8 percent lower in 1994. This erosion of relative teacher wages has fallen more heavily on experienced teachers than on entry-level teachers.

Why the tech world highly values a liberal arts degree

‘The point of liberal arts is not the teaching of a content. But rather, the teaching of Abelard’s basic instinct to question, to maximize the capacity of human intelligence, and push what we know and what do forward in order to make a new world.’

That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket

In less than two years Slack Technologies has become one of the most glistening of tech’s ten-digit “unicorn” startups, boasting 1.1 million users and a private market valuation of $2.8 billion. If you’ve used Slack’s team-based messaging software, you know that one of its catchiest innovations is Slackbot, a helpful little avatar that pops up periodically to provide tips so jaunty that it seems human.

In defence of the humanities: Why studying philosophy in a world where welders earn more still makes sense

“We need more welders and less philosophers,” said Marco Rubio. A Cuban-American lawyer from Miami, he ran in the Republican presidential primaries this year but had to settle for a return to the U.S. senate last week. Rubio has no known prejudice against philosophers.

Why does France insist school pupils master philosophy? – BBC News

I have been staring in admiration over the shoulder of my 17-year-old daughter, as she embarks on a last mental rehearsal before a much-dreaded philosophy exam. My primary thought is: Thank the Lord I was spared the torment.

Why Study Philosophy? ‘To Challenge Your Own Point of View’

What did your religious family think about your pursuit of philosophy? It made my mother intensely uncomfortable. She wanted me to be a good student but not to take it too seriously. She worried that nobody would want to marry such a bookish girl. But I ended up getting married at 19.

Hey, Computer Scientists! Stop Hating on the Humanities

As a computer science PhD student, I am a disciple of big data. I see no ground too sacred for statistics: I have used it to study everything from sex to Shakespeare, and earned angry retorts for these attempts to render the ineffable mathematical.

Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything

Silicon Valley is obsessed with happiness. The pursuit of a mythical good life, achievement blending perfectly with fulfillment, has given rise to the quantified self movement, polyphasic sleeping, and stashes of off-label pharmaceuticals in developers’ desks. Yet Andrew Taggart thinks most of this is nonsense. A PhD in philosophy, Taggart practices the art of gadfly-for-hire.

Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain-it’s good for democracy, too

We live in narrow-minded times, wherein insularity and nationalism are pervasive in public discourse. If you’re among the many people looking for ways to take political action, one of the most effective things you can do is devote yourself to learning a new foreign language.

AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionised the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking gender and racial biases. The findings raise the spectre of existing social inequalities and prejudices being reinforced in new and unpredictable ways as an increasing number of decisions affecting our everyday lives are ceded to automatons.

How teaching philosophy could help combat extremism

Young people today are constantly at risk of indoctrination – whether deliberate or inadvertent. This can be by advertisers, politicians, religious extremists or the media – and can make it hard for young people to get a handle on the world around them.

Silicon Valley executives are hiring philosophers to teach them to question everything

Silicon Valley is obsessed with happiness. The pursuit of a mythical good life, achievement blending perfectly with fulfillment, has given rise to the quantified self movement, polyphasic sleeping, and stashes of off-label pharmaceuticals in developers’ desks. Yet Andrew Taggart thinks most of this is nonsense. A PhD in philosophy, Taggart practices the art of gadfly-for-hire.

Commentary: US education needs more languages | The Ithacan

“Everyone in the United States speaks English.” “I’m never going to live in a different country.” “Learning another language is too difficult.” As someone who has studied a foreign language for the past 9 years, I’ve heard these and plenty of other reasons why people don’t learn another language.

5 Reasons Why Philosophy Majors Make the Best Entrepreneurs

An MBA isn’t the key to being successful in business, and it only teaches you some of what you need to know to make it as an entrepreneur. While you’ll learn about incorporating, revenue, hiring and more, founders are realizing that emotional intelligence and soft skills are what often get their businesses running like well-oiled machines.