Liberal Education is an approach to learning that empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specific area of interest. A liberal education helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills such as communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world settings.
Students are introduced to career choices through the range of subjects taught and in the course they are introduced to different subjects they may have never encountered helping them to make choices and more informed clear decisions when choosing their life career path. As one gains knowledge from liberal arts education, he is now informed to maneuver themselves to change their careers from one to the intended and most marketable one.
Having a student who have gone through the liberal arts system, employers are so proud and can even hold the employees up to old age since the employees are able to swiftly adapt to changes at workplace. This is possible since the students are able to apply the necessary transferable skills. This is enhanced by critical thinking, effective communication and integration of knowledge.
It provides a firm foundation to learn across a diverse field of studies, with the easiness to go to directly into graduate study in any area they chose. According to Glyer “liberal education for independency” (25)
A student of liberal arts education is also fully equipped with the required knowledge of interaction with the rest of the community. There are always minimal quarrels in the society where a liberal arts student exists. They are able to communicate and understand other members of the community.
With the need for well-rounded education apply in 2015 shows like apprentices to a painter, students will sit and plan experiments and after 2 or 3 years they will learn to interpret results on their own and become better scientists. For example, preparing a laboratory experiment with a teacher and afterwards doing it on your own. As a result, liberal arts have unlocked true learning and students are better equipped to communicate their work to the public.
By considering many school practices they have shown that still liberal arts education is the best option. This is emphasised to students when choosing a major by freshmen students as they lay the groundwork for this majors by beginning a sequence of courses that will be taken in an order such that it will take throughout their years of study.
Also schools have also lay out the distribution requirement where students choose from a variety of humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. This ensures diverse intellectual pursuit and it encourages flexibility and freedom to expand on each individual interests.
There is also this practice commonly known as “shopping” for classes. Students visit various classes of their interest so that they can chose the best. This helps them to winnow their choices to a reasonable number.
In addition, employing liberal arts students, you get to find that they are creative, communicative and have a wide range of problem-solving techniques. There has been recorded a tremendous improved in job market a high rate of job replacement with the liberal arts students.
With the need to provide role, skills and socialisation by the education given, liberal arts have satisfied this. The students are able to be self-reliant since they are equipped with skills which help them to secure employment. They are able to interact with one another and each one of them having a role to play drives economic growth at recommendable rate. Statics given from the US economy shows that liberal arts is producing all-round students which favour the economy. For instance, job replacement, 2014 compared to 2013 increased by 6.8% in mathematics, 7.5% in environmental science, 9.5% in communication, 11.5% in education and 15.4% in visual and performing arts.
In conclusion, from examining the liberal arts education, it is evident that this system of education is highly preferred to be adopted by most countries more so the developing economies. However, I tend to see it as the best system up to date as it meets to the fullest the roles education should play in the society. Interdependency is minimised in a great way.
Glyer, D., & Weeks, D.L. Liberal Education: Initiating the conversation. In D.L.Weeks (Eds), The Liberal arts in higher education. New York: University Press of America, Inc. (pp25). (1998). Print.