An explanation from Association of American Colleges & Universities:
“Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
The broad goals of liberal education have been enduring even as the courses and requirements that comprise a liberal education have changed over the years. Today, a liberal education usually includes a general education curriculum that provides broad learning in multiple disciplines and ways of knowing, along with more in-depth study in a major.”
So after 15 years of being in school getting broad basic knowledge of the world with science maths, social studies, literature and more, I must basically do the same thing in significantly less time, yet waste thousands of dollars to do so? Developing a sense on social responsibility; well, I think from “playing well with others” to “peer mediation programs” and dealing with other students and faculty at school in general, a “sense” of social responsibility should be obtained.
The only thing is that with college, you finally get to do what you want…after you take required general ed. courses, which is basically…the 15 years of enslavement we suffered, all repeated in about 2 years on a “higher” level. I feel that if you didn’t get it in 15 years “for free”, why bother wasting more time and money trying to do it again? Why, for the “major”? And also, all the stuff about problem solving skills and analytical ability is nonsense. What do you think all the years of standardized testing is for? Yes, yes – sarcasm.
Primary Education excerpt:
“The major goals of primary education are achieving basic literacy and numeracy amongst all pupils, as well as establishing foundations in science, geography, history and other social sciences.”
So…why can’t we do that AND have a major for at least 5 of the fifteen years? Or, just have a major you know, let us follow or develop our own interests for once.