The American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a mixed “report card’ yesterday for the humanities, presenting some largely unrecognized good news about their popularity as a college major and students' satisfaction with their choice.
The same report, however, featured gloomy data from 12th graders: The proportion proficient in history, civics and writing has fallen below 30 percent.
The figures are laid out in the Humanities Indicators, a score sheet of both the health and the challenges facing the humanities. The indicators are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For the Humanities Indicators, see http://www.humanitiesindicators.org/