Perils of the Humanities Students

November 18, 2012 | 2

In Florida, legislators are wondering whether or not they should raise tuition costs for students studying the humanities, or really anything other than STEM fields. Likewise, James Dyson (yes, the vacuum guy) bemoans Britain’s abundance of “students choosing to read humanities at university.” As a rejoinder, one New Statesman blogger notes that the study of humanities does not inhibit technological innovation, and that as a bonus, “we gain from having people who reshape our cultural landscape and put things in new contexts.”

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  1. Dyson should thank his lucky stars for the humanities majors who came up with the brilliant ad campaign that helped make his incredible expensive vacuums (they ARE very good vacuums, mind) a huge success. Without them, he might be an obscure tinkerer.

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