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With the rise of the 21st century knowledge economy, many politicians and experts have been saying something similar about humanities education. They say all the best jobs will be in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — and encourage students not to major in the humanities.
So there's a kind of plague spreading in humanities departments everywhere, at least according to popular media reports. With fewer and fewer English and literature majors, people are getting ready to declare the humanities dead or dying, even though it's far from dead.
Jonathan Rothwell associate fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program in Washington, DC. He tweets at @jtrothwell.
This segment aired on June 17, 2014.