Letters to the Editor

PLU: Save classics from budget knife

Re: “PLU might kill the classics, and that would be a tragedy,” (Matt Driscoll column, 9/10).

The golden years of Greece and Rome are the basis of much of our history and even of our life as we know it today, including order in society and democracy. Their study gives us an understanding of our past and what it means to us.

A liberal arts education would be gutted without them, and such an education challenges people to think and write creatively and critically. It gives an informed perspective on the whole world, and teaches problem solving, which makes one more highly qualified for any job, and able to better serve the world’s needs.

Employers value applicants with a liberal arts education, and it means higher-paying jobs. Eighty percent of employers participating in a national survey said all college students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences. Such education is based largely on the study of the classics.

Let us think no more about killing the classics.

Ralph W. Emerson, Tacoma