We Need More Men in the Humanities
Around the turn of the millennium, American society realized a looming crisis: the lack of female representation in STEM fields. But today we are witnessing a crisis of male leadership in a variety of workplaces. From the president to CEOs of major companies to actors and power players in Hollywood, the past several months have exposed the toxic work environments they preside over or worsen in scandal after scandal. Though different in nature, this crisis is of equal importance as the STEM shortage. Yet, to date, no prominent solutions or interventions have been seriously proposed. In contrast, a quick Google search brings up dozens of programs for girls in STEM, but not one national program appears for boys in the arts and humanities.
latest indicators of the demographics
of public school humanities teachers — most of whom are women and many of whom aren’t paid well — underscore that we need more men in the arts and humanities.
The Humanities Indicators
report that, “As of 2015, women earned 61 percent of all master’s and professional-practice degrees in the humanities and 54 percent of the doctoral degrees in the field.” And the latest report on public school teachers
found that “76 percent of humanities teachers were women, the largest share among subject specialists.” When male K-12 role models barely exist in these disciplines, what message does that send to our young boys and men?
But our society suffers when boys and men are actively discouraged from pursuing their interests in the arts and humanities. The cycle of toxic masculinity starts early. Boys are often told not to cry or show emotion. They are socially trained to repress it, and they take pride in this false resilience.
the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. In an annual event called “Cops and Docs
,” accomplished medical professionals and highly trained police officers take a group trip to the museum. Over the course of the evening, mixed groups of cops and docs look at paintings, sculptures and other works of art, and they then share their answers to a pretty basic question: What do you see
Another program, “The Art of Perception
,” takes police detectives, FBI agents and high-ranking Secret Service and CIA executives to well-known museums and galleries like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection to observe works by Picasso, Caravaggio, Edward Hopper and other masters. Program creator Amy E. Herman says the exercise is “not about looking at art. It’s about talking about what you see.
more on male students in this IMS blog
Humanities need convincing data to demonstrate their value, says expert
Humanities scholars have always been good at conveying the importance of their work through stories, writes Paula Krebs for Inside Higher Ed, but they have been less successful at using data to do so. This need not be the case, adds Krebs, who recounts a meeting with faculty members, local employers, and public humanities representatives to discuss how to better measure the impact of a humanities education on graduates. Krebs offers a list of recommendations and concrete program changes, such as interviewing employers about their experiences with hiring graduates, that might help humanities programs better prepare students for postgraduate life.
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a list of the skills that we think graduates have cultivated in their humanities education:
- Critical thinking
- Communications skills
- Writing skills, with style
- Organizational skills
- Listening skills
- Cultural competencies, intercultural sensitivity and an understanding of cultural and historical context, including on global topics
- Empathy/emotional intelligence
- Qualitative analysis
- People skills
- Ethical reasoning
- Intellectual curiosity
As part of our list, we also agreed that graduates should have the ability to:
- Meet deadlines
- Construct complex arguments
- Provide attention to detail and nuance (close reading)
- Ask the big questions about meaning, purpose, the human condition
- Communicate in more than one language
- Understand differences in genre (mode of communication)
- Identify and communicate appropriate to each audience
- Be comfortable dealing with gray areas
- Think abstractly beyond an immediate case
- Appreciate differences and conflicting perspectives
- Identify problems as well as solving them
- Read between the lines
- Receive and respond to feedback
Then we asked what we think our graduates should be able to do but perhaps can’t — or not as a result of anything we’ve taught them, anyway. The employers were especially valuable here, highlighting the ability to:
- Use new media, technologies and social media
- Work with the aesthetics of communication, such as design
- Perform a visual presentation and analysis
- Identify, translate and apply skills from course work
- Perform data analysis and quantitative research
- Be comfortable with numbers
- Work well in groups, as leader and as collaborator
- Take risks
- Identify processes and structures
- Write and speak from a variety of rhetorical positions or voices
- Support an argument
- Identify an audience, research it and know how to address it
- Know how to locate one’s own values in relation to a task one has been asked to perform
SOCIO-INT15- 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES will be held in Istanbul (Turkey), on the 8th, 9th and 10th of June 2015 is an interdisciplinary international conference that invites academics, independent scholars and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange the latest ideas and discuss issues concerning all fields of Education, Social Sciences and Humanities.
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