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American Anthropological Association (AAA) Responds to Gov. Scott’s Attack on Anthropology

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott lodged an attack on liberal arts education, specifically setting his crosshairs on the study of Anthropology.

“If I’m going to take money from a citizen to put into education, then I’m going to take that money to create jobs,” Mr. Scott told the paper. “So I want that money to go to degrees where people can get jobs in this state. Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”

The good governor clearly overlooked the reports that demonstrate that liberal arts majors can and do have jobs in a wide myriad of fields or go on to graduate degrees in Law, Education, and even the ‘hard sciences’ like medicine. A broad, liberal arts education prepares individuals for the critical analysis required in many fields, from marketing to ‘hard science.’ Broad studies indicate that it’s not the field of study that ultimately matters, but the exercise of earning the degree.

The American Anthropological Association has issued a formal rebuttal to the governor here: