What type of parent would knowingly allow their child to incur massive debt on an education with dubious earning potential? We now know, because a person writing for Time named Randye Hoder has given us a glimpse into the void.
Hoder, in an article earnestly titled Why I Let My Daughter Get a ‘Useless’ College Degree, has publicly endorsed indebtedness, ego-centric education, and naiveté as the model for young life.
In the piece, Hoder tells the story of her daughter Emma’s choice in education. Emma is “an American Studies major with a focus on the politics and culture of food.”
Hoder starts the piece by sharing with the reader that she used to want to tell friends that her daughter’s major would lead to a job. But her daughter is majoring in something largely devoid of practical application. So Hoder admits to reciting euphemistic nonsense such as “Emma’s concentration and interests could lead her in any number of directions,” or “…Working at a nonprofit that improves health and nutrition for the urban poor. Managing social media for a food-related startup.”
But then Hoder got past that whole charade. She admits, “…[T]he more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve decided to be honest.” You know, deciding to be honest, as opposed to what she was doing before, which was pretending that “the politics of food and culture” would actually dovetail into compensable work.
Hoder now cuts through all of that fluff about getting a job or preparing for a career:
“I’m not sure what Emma is going to do,” I now say. “But she’s gotten a great education and has really found her passion — and I know those things will serve her well over the course of her life.”
One will be on shaky footing when looking for a job, but there is something valuable to be gained from the humanities, called “critical thinking.” One English professor argued that at “the heart of the humanities” is this shining beacon of the Enlightenment:
“[I]nformed, thoughtful dialogue about the way we ought to conduct life. This dialogue honors no pieties: All positions are debatable; all values are up for discussion.”
Just go into a humanities classroom and say, “Diversity is a weakness,” and you’ll see whether there are pieties at the heart of the humanities.