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General Education in the United States.

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Introduction

General Education Except for a brief contraction in the early 1990s, the higher education system in the United States has been growing steadily since the late 1970s. Roughly half of all Americans now have attended college at some point in their lives, and roughly a quarter hold a postsecondary degree.(In the United Kingdom, by contrast, less than 15 percent of the population goes to university.) There are 14.5 million students in American colleges and universities today. In 1975 there were a little over 11 million; in 1965 there were fewer than 6 million. And yet when a person in higher education talk about its conditions and its prospects, doom is often in their voices. There are three matters these people tend to worry about: the future of liberal arts college; the "collapse"(as its frequently termed) of the academic disciplines, particularly the humanities; and the seemingly intractable disparity between the supply of Ph.D.s and the demand for new faculty. There are more college student than ever. Why does the system feel to many of the people who work in it as though it is struggling? ...read more.

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It seems clear that literature has become more and more a female activity. In bookstores, at conferences or public readings by writers, and even in university departments dedicated to the humanities, the women clearly outnumber the men. The explanation traditionally give is that middle-class women read more because they work fewer hours than men, and so many of them feel that they can justify more easily than men the time that they devote to fantasy and illusion. (Vargas Llosa, Mario pg 295) Studying liberal arts is not practical and will only slow you down in your race for career goals. There is a flip side to the above mentioned argument. Schools that offer a liberal arts program always seem to have the same goals behind it. For example: "At Grace University we aim to give our students a cultured education, emphasizing the importance of literature, theater, music, art history, and language. Further, we feel it is important to have a general knowledge of science, mathematics; philosophy, geography, and religion. We also encourage our students to take advantage of our study abroad programs. ...read more.

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It's not all just about making money; a person can not function productively that way in a society. There has to be culture for a society to prosper, if there is no culture there will be no society and there for we would all be back in cave man days. Its starting to sound redundant, but liberal arts gives you culture it opens your eyes to a more cultured and grown up atmosphere. The above are some of the reasons why people like me choose to be in a college that offers a liberal arts or general education program. To sum things up I'll share my personal thoughts. My experience with general education has been rather pleasant so far. General education classes for the most part are what people refer to as cake classes, which means easy grade. I personally like general education courses they help to round off a person's knowledge. It also serves as a break from your major courses. Some people may like to jump right into there major to make money fast; my personal preference is to become the most intelligent person I can in college so that I have more to offer later on in life.(This paragraph was taken from an earlier work of mine. ...read more.

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