Trump Wants to End Liberal Arts Education
As you read this article, Trump’s administration is actively trying to make it more difficult for liberal art students to get a loan.
Trump’s administration thinks that they know better than people who study philosophy or anthropology or psychology or arts. ‘Don’t waste your time,’ Donald Trump says. After all, liberal art graduates have the sixth highest unemployment rate of college graduates.According to this republican-know-it-all wisdom, women also are stupid and can’t decide for themselves whether or not they want to keep their kids.
Sam Clovis, the Trump campaign’s national co-chair and policy director, told Inside Higher Ed that the idea was formulated based on the assumption that it’s more difficult for those with a liberal arts degree to get a job once they’ve graduated.
“If you are going to study 16th-century French art, more power to you. I support the arts,” Clovis said. “But you are not going to get a job.” DailyDot article
Liberal art students are the brave ones. The average poet makes less than the average engineer, but the poet risks everything for his writings. The poet loves his art so much, he is unwilling to succumb to the ball and chain rat race. If Trump had his way, our country would have no poets and no philosophers ultimately, we would have no dreamers. However, Mark Cuban feels the future will need these very dreamers that Trump is trying so hard to squash.
If you read my articles, you’d probably wager that I don’t like republicans. You are right. However, there are a few republicans that I have respect for. Mark Cuban is certainly one. He owns the Dallas Mavericks, but he has expressed interest in becoming a politician. I might like him less if he was a republican politician, but as for now, when he talks, I listen.
The other day, my friend sent me a very interesting article. During an interview with Mark Cuban at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit in New Orleans, he predicted that in the future, liberal arts will dominate the job market. For me, that news is a bummer. In today’s job market, you’ll find me selling spicy hot dogs on the street corner, although I have written columns for The National Enquirer as well as five novels. My arts will undoubtedly be more appreciated in Mark Cuban’s future.
According to Pew Research, jobs was the most important issue to voters this election. Donald Trump latched onto this concern and was able to win the presidency by promising to return jobs to America. That assurance is at the heart of all of his cock-eyed ideas. His fantastical wall and his drive to kick out illegal immigrants from our country was appealing, because, in Trump World, his devout supporters would abolish the cheap competition hence, allow those unemployed factory workers to return to the jobs that they lost.
I have written many articles about how absurd this proposal is. American is no longer a manufacturing economy. Such bombastic fantasies are nothing more than chasing comets across the stars: futile and pointless. A more tangible solution to offer the unemployed, would be to improve our nation’s education system. Instead of regressing our nation’s economy back to the days of Laverne and Shirley, wouldn’t it be more more beneficial to educate everyone?
Of course republicans don’t like that idea. Republicans represent those wealthy factory owners. If everyone had a masters, those factories would be empty. I wrote about that in a recent article:
Mark Cuban said, “The nature of jobs is changing.”
When the interviewer asked him about finance, Cuban replied,
“That’s the easiest thing — you just take the data have it spit out whatever you need. I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering, because when the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data. And so having someone who is more of a freer thinker.
Trump has been our president for a little more than a month, but already his policies have served the opposite effect as to what was intended. For example, take that fantastical wall that is supposed to bring jobs back to America. Before one lousy brick is even cemented, look at how the mere proposal has affected world economies. For one thing, the Mexican peso has plummeted as a result of Trump’s wall proposal. In turn, that has made it even more profitable for American business owners to employ Mexicans.
Who knows? Considering Trump only hires foreign Visas, maybe that was his intention all along. If his silly wall proposal accomplishes anything, at least it costs Trump less now to hire illegal immigrants to build his buildings.
Imagine a world filled with cut-throat bankers and scrupulous lawyers. No one even knows what a haiku is or what a sonnet is. There is no color in the world, but different shades of gray. Out of this apocalyptic wasteland a poet will emerge. His art will be so appreciated that his services will be worth a hundred times what they are today. As a result, kids will chose to study liberal arts.
Originally published at POLITICAL HAZE.