Liberal learning: Only for the elite?

In the national dialogue around college access and success for our most disadvantaged populations, discussion about liberal education is largely absent. We must consider the unintended consequences of this near absence, says Anne Bezbatchenko, program officer at The Teagle Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to liberal education, for the Washington Post. Do we risk recreating a two-tier educational system? The answer to that question is yes, and the consequences are significant. We tend to offer some–typically our more disadvantaged, low-income populations–a more limited education that may prepare them for jobs for two or three years before they need to be re-trained. Meanwhile, we tend to offer others disproportionately a more privileged group–a lifelong, liberal education that appreciates over time, preparing them for entire careers, and for jobs that may not even exist yet in our rapidly evolving economy…

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