Japan To End Social Sciences And Humanities In Colleges

…and inadvertently stave off the future SJW brigades?

Times Higher Education

Many social sciences and humanities faculties in Japan are to close after universities were ordered to “serve areas that better meet society’s needs”.

Of the 60 national universities that offer courses in these disciplines, 26 have confirmed that they will either close or scale back their relevant faculties at the behest of Japan’s government.

It follows a letter from education minister Hakuban Shimomura sent to all of Japan’s 86 national universities, which called on them to take “active steps to abolish [social science and humanities] organisations or to convert them to serve areas that better meet society’s needs”.

The call to close the liberal arts and social science faculties are believed to be part of wider efforts by prime minister Shinzo Abe to promote what he has called “more practical vocational education that better anticipates the needs of society”.

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3 thoughts on “Japan To End Social Sciences And Humanities In Colleges

  1. What passes for liberal arts are entirely useless in today’s unscholarly world, and as you point out, they now serve to weaken civilization instead of strengthen it.

    The old fashioned kind of liberal arts—including rhetoric, logic, literature, history, grammar, math, science, etc.—are useful in keeping the ruling elites and upper middle classes civilized and cohesive, if these subjects are taken seriously and if the lessons uphold society rather than corrode it.

    But these courses are a waste of time for most of the people who attend college or university these days who are training to be nurses aides, IT’s, and forensic investigators, and who, by their very presence at these schools, serve to dumb down the curriculum in order for the schools to pass them. Some combination of trade school and apprenticeship might better serve these groups.

    • Community colleges could take over most of what college seem to be doing now, and even most of that doesn’t really require a college degree. What happened to starting in the mail room and working your way up?
      Fred Reed posited that the purpose of sending everybody with a pulse to college is to keep them out of the employment pool since there are barely enough jobs for the rest of us.

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