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