I thought I was done until I came across this quote from Mister Rogers:
What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise – his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.
In the wake of our crisis on Wall Street, business schools have tried to re-emphasize ethics. It seems logical. After all, every doctor is expected to sign an ethics oath. Every judge is expected to pledge to serve the Constitution. Why shouldn’t business school graduates, at a minimum, be expected to do the same? Sadly, more than 80 percent of Harvard’s MBA graduates have so far refused. If there has ever been a stronger argument for strengthening humanities education, I don’t know what it would be.
As Slouka asks:
How does one “do” the humanities value-free? How does one teach history, say, without grappling with what that long parade of genius and folly suggests to us? How does one teach literature other than as an invitation, a challenge, a gauntlet—a force fully capable of altering not only what we believe but how we see?
In effect, as we’ve marginalized humanities education, we’ve essentially removed “values” from our curriculums entirely, ghettoizing this vital democratic subject by relegating it to the home or the church. I’m not saying that we should be teaching children what values to have, but I am saying that our democracy will not survive without a population capable of thinking critically about their own values and the values of society at large. It’s clear to me that the only way to do this is through the rigorous teaching of history, art, and literature.
I’m not a regular viewer of The Daily Show, mainly because I’m usually asleep when it airs, but I did catch this one during the summer. It’s hilarious, of course, but also chilling. From the pathetic Columbia business ethics professor to the terrifyingly amoral MBA students (I would be mortified if they were my kids) this piece shook me when it aired and did so again when I re-watched it.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|MBA Ethics Oath|
We can do better.
Okay, now I’m done with the topic. Back to preschool posts.