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Students may return to universities that post a philosophy statement but have no philosophy department. Yet as we look at our country, divided over history and by economics, home to scientific innovation and scientific ignorance, education is both more needed and more endangered than ever.
Our educational approach should include the validation of physicality, the imitation of the master, and the celebration of tradition.
If the institutions that oversee our slow twelve-to-eighteen-year process of education are called our alma-mater (nourishing mother), why can’t the dirt-filled, dung-laden places that convey agrarian lessons taught over 20 years be our nourishing father (alma-pater)?
The world wearies of defenses of liberal education and the humanities. What cannot be denied is that all over the country the liberal arts...