Required Reading: liberal arts and technical training

The "Required Reading" series on the Academies of Nashville blog brings interesting and informative articles on contemporary educational issues to the attention of the Nashville community. The Academies of Nashville are at the forefront of education reform in the United States, and it is important that our community be aware of emerging issues and debates from across the nation. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute is an educational policy organization that seeks to advance educational opportunities for all students. The organization provides a platform for commentary on educational issues from leading scholars and reformers in its Education Gadfly Weekly, a newsletter with reviews, analysis, and opinions on a range of issues.

On February 23, 2012, the Education Gadfly Weekly posted a pair of commentaries on the relative merits of liberal arts education and technical training. These comments were written by Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Peter Meyer. Both editorials recognize the need to find a place for both liberal arts education and technical training to prepare our students to be good citizens and successful professionals in our modern, global economy.