Sunday, March 29, 2015

Fareed Zakaria and Anderson Cooper defend a liberal education

Fareed Zakaria discussed his new book today (“In Defense of a Liberal Education”) with Anderson Cooper. Fareed has an op-ed summarizing the book in the Washington Post today, here. Fareed argues that, while both the US and Sweden have lower test scores on “stem” subjects, the soft skills in liberal arts education are critical for entrepreneurs.  The most critical of these seems to be critical thinking, which Fareed didn’t mention by name.

They discussed the career of Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, and particularly Mark Zuckerberg, who had been a psychology major and had studied classics in prep school.  I remember a friend in college saying that, we needed to “go back to the classics.”  

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