“The value of humanities-educated individuals is more than the money they make and the goods and services they produce. It is about the problems they help solve … The need to address such complex problems is expected to rise in the future.”
It’s a sentiment echoed in some of the promotional materials for the Ramsay Foundation.
“As our working environment becomes increasingly automated, as the globalised knowledge economy evolves, many of the more technical skills previously required by entry-level graduate staff, even mid-level executives, will become redundant.”
“What we will need … is people who can really use language. Who can be subtle, articulate, in the best sense critical … the more reliant we become on AI, the more we need ordinary human language to make sense of our strategies, to make sound judgements. We need ‘humanists’ – young people for whom meaning and value are part of the world of work as well as part of their lives.”
[. . .]
We all want a more nuanced, non-binary and less black and white public debate than we have currently. Humanities degrees equip us with the skills needed to participate in such debates.
They also help us see and understand the tectonic plates of power and wealth that shape society.
To coin a phrase – and slightly pervert the motto of this newspaper – there has never been a more important time for the humanities, which include, of course, public interest journalism.
[. . .]
A deep education in the humanities stops society going round in circles, equipping citizens with a nuanced understanding of our history, the institutions of our society and how they can, in fact, be remade to make the world a better place.
Surely, we can all agree there’s value in that.
And it’s no laughing matter.
(To read the entire article, please go to the source.)
The Study of Humanities: An Even Bigger “Dividend”
November 14, 2018 | 0 Comments