A centuries-old American debate about higher education is given a closer look by Nicholas Buccola, associate professor of political science, in a recent News-Register opinion piece.
Should young people enroll in vocational training at trade schools or community colleges, or seek broad training in the liberal arts at a college or university?
Buccola looks to two great African-American thinkers, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois, to answer this question. According to Buccola, Washington’s “Up from Slavery” and Du Bois’ “The Souls of Black Folk” are essential reading for all Americans. He reflected on the message of their text in the wake of February, America’s annual Black History Month.