Great Expectations

A blog of the Department of English at BGSU:A place for faculty, students and alumni to connect.

Why teach or study English?

Posted by bgsuenglish on August 29, 2013

The New Yorker‘s Adam Gopnik posts an interesting round-up of recent online debates of this question in The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Atlantic, among others. His conclusion?

Even if we read books and talk about them for four years, and then do something else more obviously remunerative, it won’t be time wasted. We need the humanities not because they will produce shrewder entrepreneurs or kinder C.E.O.s but because, as that first professor said, they help us enjoy life more and endure it better. The reason we need the humanities is because we’re human. That’s enough.

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