I got a lot of terrific responses to my column on reading Tuesday. The most interesting was from my old pal Phil Leigh, who runs a site called Inside Digital Media. If your business is on his topic or if you like to buy those kinds of stocks, you should pay Phil gobs of money and subscribe to his services. He’s one smart cookie, a former stock broker and research analyst who calls it like he sees it.
He’s so interesting, in fact, that I’m going to turn most of the rest of this column over to him, along with my commentary.
No arguments there, Phil.
Wonderful article indeed. The fascinating bit to me was how these newly well-rounded men suddenly wanted to have a balanced life — in other words, to enjoy the fruits of their educations — and no longer were as willing to salute and do Ma Bell’s bidding. As I told the flattering Phil by email, I took biology, physics, chemistry, and math too and in fact consider them part of a balanced education.
I think the problem is with students who treat college as vocational training. That’s not a knock on learning skills, by the way. It’s just that the skill one needs to learn in college is thinking, and the liberal arts are the foundation for that, pure and simple.
Ain’t progress grand?
I’m no expert, Phil, but I’d say this one article isn’t conclusive proof and that it’s still a lot tougher to be a little girl than a little boy in many places around the globe. But we can agree to disagree on that. Thanks for writing!
As promised …
Here’s the list of organizations you sent to me that also are worthy of donations if you’d like to encourage reading.
Book Trust: http://booktrust.org/
First Book: http://www.firstbook.org/
Reading Partners: http://www.readingpartners.org/
DonorsChoose.org, specifically keyword “literacy”
African Library Project: http://www.africanlibraryproject.org/
Central Asia Institute: http://www.ikat.org/
I’m happy to publish more suggestions.
Finally, you can’t make this stuff up …
From Tuesday’s New York Times, on only the latest calamity in the Gulf: