I have been teaching at Swarthmore College, one of the most distinguished liberal arts colleges in the world, for 42 years. Throughout that time, Swarthmore has attracted the very best (brightest, most committed) students that high schools have to offer. Though it has provided significant specialized training in the various scholarly disciplines, it has also insisted that such training be embedded in a broad general education. This is, after all, what “liberal arts education” is about.
Though the impetus for this change in American education is clear enough, I regard it as a tragedy.