In the words of Joseph Campbell; "Why study myth?" "What does myth have to do with my life?” To this I will add, why study religions or the arts? - What can they do for me in today’s competitive world? These are commonplace questions often asked in our present day academic arena. To answer some of these questions, this paper will address the importance of integrating these archetypal studies into every aspect of what we (in the United States) now called "vocational learning". “Vocational learning” or specialization dominates the U.S. curriculum and its learning environment. Our institutions have fallen victim to marketing trends who in turn, offer illusions of professional success through these “focused disciplines”. In response to those trends, U.S. colleges and universities are now willing to offer short term goals in return for financial security. This thinking process has turned a traditional “well rounded” education into a needless waste of time and waste of money. Placing as many individuals into high paying marketplace positions is a measurement of an institution’s success. This raises a very crucial and serious ethical dilemma in today’s educational arena. It prepares each student to enter into our globalized societies ill-equipped to critically evaluate, manage and adapt to the ever changing challenges of the future.
|Keywords:||Myth, Religion, Global Studies|
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Department of Humanities, Mitchell College, New London, Connecticut, USA
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