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Is there any reason for today's academic institutions to encourage the pursuit of answers to seemingly frivolous questions? The opinionated business leader who does not give a darn about your typical liberal arts classes "because they do not prepare today’s students for tomorrow's work force" might snicker knowingly here: Have you seen some of the ridiculous titles of the courses offered by the English / literature / history / (fill in the blank) studies department in the University of So-And-So? Why should any student take "Basketweaving in the Andes during the Peloponnesian Wars"? Just what would anyone gain from such an experience?
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Karaali, G., In Defense of Frivolous Questions, Inside Higher Education, Views, April 10, 2012. Available online at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/04/ 10/essay-defense-courses-ask-seemingly-frivolous-questions