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The Least of These
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

Our government has failed to admit that its own selfishness is the root of many societal problems it has tried to address.

Is There a Place for Liberal Arts in Business?
Laura Entis, Inc.

Math and science education is all the rage these days, but is there still room for liberal arts in the business world? Here’s a case for why it’s useful.

Presenting the Case for School Choice
Jason Stverak, Roll Call

America’s education system is floundering, and expanding funding incentives for other educational environments can help.

The Eight Most Common Myths about Wealth, Poverty, and Free Enterprise
Jay Richards, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

When we take the time to learn basic economic facts, we are exploring an area of God’s dominion that he has given us to cultivate. When we engage with economic truths, we practice loving the Lord with all our mind.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • RogerMcKinney

    Nice article on liberal arts education! As a follower of the Austrian school of economics I have fought the tyranny of math and its destruction of economics. The tyranny of math is destroying business education now. More schools are requiring advanced calculus in business degrees as a tool to weed out students. But those students who are best at advanced math tend to be “Rain Man” types who can calculate complex math in their heads but have no people skills.

    There was a short trend in the 90’s for Fortune 500 companies to bypass MBA’s for liberal arts majors because the MBA’s could crunch numbers but couldn’t get along with anyone. Companies said they could teach the few math skills needed to liberal arts majors, but they couldn’t teach people skills to MBA’s.

    Anyone who has worked in business for a couple of decades knows that very little math is required beyond accounting math. Calculus is as useless in business as tits on a boar. Statistics is more useful than calculus, but not by much. It can help with quality control and marketing and that about it.

    Business schools need an objective way to evaluate students, but math isn’t it. A better weeding out tool would be writing skills and salesmanship.