Douglas Wilson Interview: Question One
- Me: I'm a Christian and I am considering a classical education. My friends, family, pastor, barber, mailman, etc., are all trying to convince me that I need to pursue something more "practical". Tell my why I should ignore them and spend my days studying rhetoric, Kant, and all things impractical.
- Douglas Wilson:
- A liberal arts education is not practical in the sense that it is not direct vocational training. At the same time, it is a more foundational form of education, teaching you why you are making a living, and not just how to make a living. Practical training does have an important place, but it not at the foundational level. A good liberal arts education is a platform from which you can go anywhere -- unlike a highly specialized major.