I believe that the Humanities are under assault like never before. This is the seasoning and icing to the otherwise bland life. Don’t discard the part that is the very best part of what makes us human!
I exist in two marginalized disciplines—English of the “impractical” humanities and education of the soft (and “too practical”) social sciences.
In the so-called real world outside of academia, the disciplines that matter tend to be economics, political science, psychology, and the sacred “hard” sciences. Currently, I teach at a small liberal arts university, which is of a type that is increasingly being marginalized as a continuation of the larger and longer assault on the humanities, such as history, English, and the classics.
One may wonder just how the humanities have come under such relentless assault. I think I have an answer.
Daedalus earned the status of master craftsman, goes the myth, including the ability to build wings for humans to fly. But once he constructed these wings, Daedalus warned his son, Icarus, not to fly too close to the sun, less those wings would melt.
Myth, you see, defies…
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