07 January 2009

Relevance Schmelevance

Inside Higher Ed published a brief item today on the findings just released in the Humanities Indicators Prototype, a project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In it, among many others, was this nugget:

In 1993, 38 percent of Americans agreed with the statement “High schools and colleges make students spend too much time reading ‘classics’ that have little relevance in today’s world.”

I don't even want to think of what the percentage is today.

Above 90% maybe? Sigh.

I'll come back to this topic soon, I promise.

The original story can be viewed online at

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