1%homeless wrote:Do you feel guilty for studying dead languages?
whiteoctave wrote: It is, indeed, this immeasurable span of Classics and the freedom therefore offered within it that make it one of the most highly respected subjects to read at college/university and thus one of the most employable.
Set your Mum straight!
Keesa wrote:Have you considered becoming a professor, and entering Acadamia? (Have you ever wondered why "Acadamia" sounds so much like "Macademia"? I think it's because the world looks at Academics as Nuts! ) Sorry. Laughing at yourself helps.
the only times in which i did feel guilty for learning latin are the times i did so on expense of violin practise. yet how much time can i do scalework?!?!
Do you feel guilty for studying dead languages?
klewlis wrote:Of course, ancient languages are quite practical, but even if they weren't it really wouldn't matter. Don't buy into the modernist idea that something must be "useful" and "productive" in order to be valuable. Science and math are great but they are only one aspect of life, and there is SO much more.
Bert wrote:A little 'aside' question; Why is it that so many classicists are also computer experts (or at least computer geeks.)
Keesa wrote:No, I don't think that Ancient Greek or Latin are exactly vital job qualifications here in the U.S., unless, of course, what Bert hinted at in another thread was true, and all classical language students were computer experts.
There are, however, several languages that business students around here have to study, all Modern Languages in the most modern sense of the word; Basic, C, C+, C++....you get the idea. That's the closest most of my friends come to learning a new language. (I think I'll stick with Latin and Greek.)
Latin and Greek are most definitely not considered in job qualifications in Canada
Emma_85 wrote: The quality of the unis is terrible though. They are overcrowded and under funded and just can't offer a student the same opportunities an American one can. I hate the idea of tuition fees, but I'm definitely all for tuition fees here, because the situation here is just totally out of control.
1%homeless wrote:I guess I should’ve explained my parent’s background. They survived a brutal holocaust in South East Asia in the 70s. They think in terms of survival and economic survival. It’s pretty difficult to explain to them the academic justification for learning something that is not economically prosperous. In our language, we say “looking for eating” for making money. Like any immigrant with children, I’m sure they hope their child to live the progandish American dream. What I would call superficial they probably would call it survival...
1%homeless wrote:I don't know a single person in physical reality that I can linguistically relate to...I'm also sure I'm not the only one guilty of spending way too much time here.
Raya wrote:I can see plenty of benefits of studying the Classics - I think they've been mentioned already - but I often find myself wondering if it's really worth it...
If you can enjoy it, it's worth doing. Its value is in yourself. If you do it in a necessity, it's okay but its value is outside of you.
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