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Virginia Postrel

Obama Fails Art History and Economics

Art history isn’t a major naive kids fall into because they’ve heard a college degree -- any college degree -- will get you a good job. 

President Obama had a perfectly fine message for young people when he spoke at a General Electric plant in Wisconsin yesterday: Learning a skilled trade can be just as lucrative and worthy of respect as getting a college diploma. Unfortunately, that's not what he said.

Instead, he took a cheap shot at the favorite punching bag of people who deride higher education in general and the liberal arts in particular. He attacked art history. "I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree," he said.