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Hora speaks with Chronicle of Higher Education about value of a liberal arts degree

March 13, 2018
UW-Madison's Matthew Hora was quoted by The Chronicle of Higher Education in an article about the value of a liberal arts degree. 

Matt Hora
The article explores different narratives liberal arts degrees have taken on over the years, as well as the workplace skills employers are looking for. 

"Problem solving in a thermodynamics course is different than learning how to problem-solve in a sociology course about interracial dialogue," Hora told The Chronicle. "Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that the chief aim of education is to teach students to discern propaganda from real truth. Somebody could argue you could do that in an engineering class, but I would argue no. You’ll learn certain habits of mind in that engineering class, but not about certain social and political and historical issues."

Hora is an assistant professor of adult and higher education with the Division of Continuing Studies, and is an affiliate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Hora is also a research scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), and the director of UW-Madison’s Center for College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT), which is housed within WCER.

Find the full article at "What Gets Forgotten in Debates About the Liberal Arts."
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