A troubling narrative is spreading fast in our tech-obsessed national discourse. As the labor market tightens and tuition continues to skyrocket, many are starting to view college as an “increasingly anachronistic and risky path.”
Liberal arts programs, in particular, have been a favorite punching bag, with politicians from both sides of the aisle advocating for cutting public funding for liberal arts programs in favor of narrower, career-oriented programs focused on technology and technical training. Forget the liberal arts. Technical skills, not degrees, will be the key to remaining relevant in a robot future. Or so the argument goes.