Liberal arts no guarantee of critical thinking

The debate over the choice of an undergraduate major today most often comes down to its marketable value (“Should Aspiring Entrepreneurs Major in Business?” The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 4).  The usual argument is that majoring in the liberal arts is more helpful than majoring in business because it provides grounding in generalist skills and ways of thinking.

But I question whether majors such as gender studies, for example, achieve that goal.  From what I see, students who get a bachelor’s degree in these slush majors lack the ability to express themselves.  That’s because they’ve never been exposed to contrary ideas. As a result, they lack the ability to analyze a given argument either in writing or orally. Therefore, what they’ve received is not education but indoctrination.

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