Some eyebrows went up when, right after Bush's State of the Union, I decried his proposed emphasis on math and science education, to the patent detriment of the humanities. Now, here comes academic luminary and prolific intellectual author Martha Nussbaum — someone who should know, and about whom more later — beating the same drum:
"The scientific part of liberal education,"
she writes, "much though it needs intelligent thought, is, however, in no danger of attrition, since everyone agrees that scientific literacy is crucial to America’s success in the global market. Much more deeply threatened is the role of the Humanities."
I don't agree with everything Nussbaum says, but it's telling that non-conservative academicians, including Camille Paglia, have come to terms with the damage that the boutique intellectual left of fashionable cultural nihilism has wrought. It's refreshing to imagine that western civilization is big enough and significant enough to actually contain sufficient material for argument, illumination, and — gasp — real cultural learning