Jeff, Andrew, and I have identified several myths about the liberal arts and liberal arts students as well as some artifacts which address some of the attentive issues.
Myth 1: The Liberal Arts are a low demand, low income field
This article from Forbes is titled “The Top 10 Most Useless College Majors.” The arts and humanities represent 9 out of the 10 spots. The implication, of course, is that the value of a degree can be assessed through the financial capital it generates.
Myth 2: The Liberal Arts Does Not Produce Productive Members of Society
Some of us probably remember Rick Scott’s infamous commentary about anthropology majors. If you’ve forgotten, here’s a link:
The implication here is that you go to college in order to fit into the larger mold of the culture in which you exist.
Myth 3: The Liberal Arts Prepare us for “Citizenship”
This is a common myth invoked in order to justify studying the humanities, but it is a myth. This article by Stanley Fish seeks to take that myth on, and he argues instead that the we should stop trying to justify the humanities because offering a justification merely validates the criticisms launched at the humanities: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/will-the-humanities-save-us/