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[Susan notes: This succinct letter addresses the point all the Standardistos miss: education is different from job prep.]

Published in West Magazine
04/30/2006

To the editor

As long as the value of a college major is measured exclusively by its initial salary premium, English and the other liberal arts can't make a compelling case for their existence. This is particularly so when tuition is becoming prohibitive. But education consists of more than training for immediate employment. It involves opening the mind to ideas that often do not become apparent until much later. That's where the real payoff begins and never ends.

Walt Gardner


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