Dr. Donald Roy
September 29, 2012
Martha Nussbaum: “Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities”
Martha C. Nussbaum is the author of the book, “Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities.” The book begins by drawing the reader’s attention by explaining the “Silent Crisis.” She describes education in the eyes of the government, and in the eyes of the people. There is a connection made between education and the liberal arts.
The title of the book, “Not For Profit,” are three simple words that when put together, have a deep meaning. In this case, Nussbaum is using the phrase to relate to education. The government sees education as a way to further our economic situation. Statistics say that a student that attends college will earn a great deal more than a student that has not attended college. When people earn more money, they usually spend more money. This stimulates our economy, and is the goal of the government.
Government aims to use education as a tool to better our economy, yet they continually decrease the amount of money they give to public schools each year. They take out the true classes that give a person their true identity. It seems as if people are slowly becoming uniform, in being that liberal arts are being taken away, and students are left to studying simply the core classes of what they call “education”.
Martha is trying to explain that our education is not for profit! Education is supposed to let people explore different skills and talents. There is a difference between education for profit, and education for citizenship. Education is intended to enhance the lives of the students which receive it. (Nussbaum 9). Martha quoted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, which said:
Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote underst...