Last week, we blogged about how, contrary to popular opinion, English majors are, in fact, employable.
But, argues Verlyn Klinkenborg, the misperception that the humanities are impractical career-wise is actually hurting the field, making it less practical in every way. He says of his students, for whom reading and writing have been consistently deemphasized and even maligned:
They can assemble strings of jargon and generate clots of ventriloquistic syntax. They can meta-metastasize any thematic or ideological notion they happen upon….But as for writing clearly, simply, with attention and openness to their own thoughts and emotions and the world around them — no.