31 May '11, 3am

Our reader explains the value of a liberal arts education. Do you agree with his view? #SGedu

MS SANDRA Davie argues that a liberal arts education should be directed towards specific careers, such as medicine, law or engineering ('Give the liberal arts a vocational slant'; yesterday). The basic assumption seems to be that a liberal arts education on its own is relatively unfocused and does not prepare students for the working world. Ms Davie's commentary appears to be based on a misconception of what a liberal arts education entails. In some senses, the term 'liberal arts' is misleading. A liberal arts education is not specifically tied to the arts and does not imply being liberal, at least in any social or political sense. Rather, a liberal arts education is one that samples liberally (that is, broadly) from the various domains of knowledge. Far from being unfocused and involving simply a smorgasbord of courses, a liberal arts education provides students with a co...

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SENIOR writer Sandra Davie's commentary ('Give the liberal arts a vocational slant'; Monday) brings up an issue which aspi...