March 17, 2013
My daughter has a bachelor of fine arts degree in theater with a minor in literature and graduate studies in voice. She also speaks and writes Japanese.
To state Sen. Conrad Appel (letter March 7), that sort of education may appear to be not “directed to workforce needs.”
She passed up an opportunity to teach English in Tokyo, which would have earned her big bucks, but “big bucks” are not necessarily her focus. She could have become a voice teacher, but not in Louisiana, where the arts are considered a “waste.”
What does she do with her “undirected” education? Well, her voice makes her a very appreciated choir member, and she does get paid for that. She is also an appreciative audience member for all of the performing arts.
She lives in Seattle, where she keeps getting promoted at a well-known bookseller’s operation because of her knowledge of literature, music, and the very useful Japanese. At her bookseller job, she settled a conflict with a Muslim who was spoiling for a fight, demanding to know why the Quran was displayed way at the top of a pile of Bibles where he couldn’t see them. My daughter, pulling from her brain full of “useless education,” quoted a passage from the Quran, which stated the “Quran should be placed above all books,” which she took to mean on the top of the pile. The Muslim slunk away.
The boss gave my daughter a bonus.
My point is that a broad education creates a person who is adaptable to a constantly changing world, and one who is a more civilized human being.
That, too, must be a part of a “bright, sustainable future.”
retired professor of dance