Letters to the Editor

Carol Southerland: Thinking begets learning

Kudos to Edwin Yoder Jr. on his Nov. 14 Point of View “Learning instead of training.” While at Meredith College, I was told many times and was taught that a liberal arts education is the foundation for any further endeavor.

A “learning” education teaches one to think, evaluate and decide; what greater skill can there be for the workplace?

As a former English teacher and librarian, I was often asked by students, “Why do I have to take Shakespeare and algebra?” My immediate response was “because these studies teach you to think; in fact, in earlier times mathematics was called logic!”

Thanks for a brilliant op-ed piece; it “educed” this response from me.

Carol Southerland

Morehead City

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