Predicting the Future of a Liberal Arts Education

Predicting the Future of a Liberal Arts Education

Aug 15, 2014

CRYSTAL BALL: What will a liberal arts education look like in 50 years? Good question.

As a part of its The Big Question video series, The Atlantic asked academics to predict how liberal arts learning will change in the next half-century. The interviewees largely see liberal arts as continuing in a changing form, shifting away from the traditional four-year model towards life-long learning.

As Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity, explained, "I want my education to be more like a toothbrush that you use twice a day, as opposed to something that you do once in your lifetime, in the beginning of your life."

Do you think the idea of a liberal arts education will survive and adapt? How does it need to change in response to shifting demand? How does technology enable that change? Post your thoughts in the comments section below!

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