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    Chitown Kev

    High schools ought to provide a general sort of liberal arts education that is sufficient for most people.  My impression is that they more or less did so in the nineteenth century.  Since then, the high school curriculum has been made more "relevant" in ways that are not always improvements.

    You're right that if you study English literature, it is too specialized.  I think studying literature doesn't really prepare you for anything except work as a book reviewer.  The purpose of a liberal arts education should be to provide people with knowledge, tools, and experiences for understanding how the world works (in general terms), and not just how literature works.  

    •  And that's why (0+ / 0-)

      no accredited school lets a student graduate with nothing but four years of English Lit.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 08:31:49 AM PDT

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    •  You need to look at where English majors (0+ / 0-)

      are employed.

      You'd be surprised.

      There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind who divide the world into two kinds of people, and the kind who don't.

      by upstate NY on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:22:23 PM PDT

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