“Our Parents Wouldn’t Let Us”: The Death of Liberal Arts

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The liberal arts are shrinking fast on college campuses, and for one simple reason: parents don’t want their kids to have liberal arts degrees. For the Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein, Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University, writes about witnessing this phenomenon firsthand in his own classroom. Parents are more interested in the graduation-to-employment pathway, and economic stressors (ludicrous tuition fees, barren job market) are leading to them to pressure their college-bound children into more “practical” majors.


Amanda Hildebrand is a painter and writer based in Los Angeles. She Instagrams: @amandahilly. More from this author →