Fareed Zakaria blasts dangerous education fads: "Everyone is convinced we all need to become engineers"

Despite "leading the world in higher education," Fareed Zakaria told Stewart that much needs to change

Published April 15, 2015 3:43PM (EDT)

     (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart invited CNN's Fareed Zakaria to "The Daily Show" last night to address the changing tide in America's education system.

Asked why we should care about the future of liberal education which, Stewart observed, seems to be having a "very good decade," Zakaria responded: "Everyone is convinced we all need to become engineers, or at least know how to code. The president is going around saying to people 'don't major in Art History.'"

And it doesn't stop there: Programs are being cut left and right as a result. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) has begun the process of axing "unnecessary" courses like Anthropology -- which, Zakaria quipped "actually Anthropologists could probably do a lot to study Florida."

Watch the clip below:

By Colin Gorenstein

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