Fear of Being Useful

In “Fear of Being Useful,” Paul Jay and Gerald Graff argue it’s time to stop lamenting the crisis in the humanities and start taking advantage of the widely documented practical utility of a humanities education, which is increasingly attractive to employers in both for-profit and not-for-profit workplaces. The prospects look promising, but how do we balance training in the traditional disciplines with the development of general professional skills attractive to employers? What happens to studying the great books for their own sake? What happens to the idea the humanities is a space set aside to critique practical utility and the values of the corporate marketplace?

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