http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2014/03/04/two-sides-of-the-same-coin-the-employment-crisis-and-the-education-crisis/ This article is slightly tangential to our topic, but only slightly, because it argues that employers are looking for people who can read, write, think, and respect others as well as themselves. Who knew? Especially after all the recent assaults on the usefulness of the humanities. It’s further interesting that the article doesn’t appear to be aware that the minimizing of humanities education is contributing to the dearth of human beings skilled in living life well and caring about others. Recent research on empathy, at least, suggests that reading challenging fiction helps us develop it. We don’t need to start new programs–we need to re-fund the ones we already have, which are now stretched to their limits and beyond.