Saturday, May 19, 2007

Things You Wish You Didn't Know About Education in America

"The biggest undergraduate major by far in the United States is business. Twenty-two per cent of bachelor's degrees are awarded in that field. Eight per cent are awarded in education, five per cent in the health professions. By contrast, fewer than four per cent of college graduates major in English, and only two per cent major n history. There are more bachelor's degrees awarded every year in Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies than in all foreign languages and literatures combined. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which classifies institutions of higher education, no longer uses the concept 'liberal arts' in making its distinctions.”

From the 21 May 2007 number of The New Yorker, pg 28.