A Symposium Cautions Against Conflating Education With Job Training

The Chronicle of Higher Education

About three minutes into her opening speech at a symposium here on Thursday about the value of the liberal arts, Sen. Susan Collins addressed an underlying theme of the gathering with a blunt statement:

“The importance of the liberal arts to a free and democratic society was known to antiquity,” said Ms. Collins, a Republican from Maine. “Why is it that we need to keep reminding ourselves — and, more to the point, the public — of its value?”