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"Last month, I sat in a meeting, organized by the Conference Board of Canada, in which academic leaders listened to what people who hire university graduates often find missing in the candidates they interview. From IBM to city managers, and from pipeline companies to NGOs, the refrain was the same: They wanted (and were not finding) people who can communicate effectively and persuasively, people who can collaborate across departments to solve problems, people with emotional intelligence who can transcend age and cultural differences and who possess the resilience to embrace failure as a learning experience.

They weren’t asking for people who code more lines per hour, or those more facile with spreadsheets, or any other so-called “job-ready” skills. They wanted employees prepared for the 21st century knowledge economy in which communication, collaboration, and creativity are the most valuable commodities – precisely those skills a liberal arts education provides.

What do Pulitzer Prize winners, the wealthiest Fortune 500 CEOs, and PhDs elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences have in common? They attended liberal arts programs. Graduates of these programs are over-represented by 300 per cent to 800 per cent among those at the pinnacle of their respective fields.

So what are we doing in North America? Closing, transmuting, and even denigrating liberal arts education..."

Liberal arts is the future of work, so why is Canada pushing 'job-ready' skills? - The Globe and Mail

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