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Edelstein then further concludes that the Chinese students’ restricted and utterly uncreative manner of thinking was analogous to studies in the hard sciences and mathematics. He even goes so far as to argue that IHUM (yes, IHUM) trains you to think better than a class in the sciences:
It becomes clear that humanities courses such as IHUM offer far more opportunities for innovative thinking than most science classes.
Sounds like a bit of a stretch to me, and I’m a liberal arts major! There is certainly immense value to a liberal arts education – it trains you to write, research, analyze, argue, critique. But does it help you invent things like the iPhone? Despite Edelstein’s wonderfully cute example about Steve Jobs (how a course in Asian calligraphy transformed his vision of fonts and text), I’d say that it does not.
With the value of a liberal arts education constantly being questioned, it is undoubtedly in need of defending, but a sensible defense would be preferable.