Thanks to Joseph Urgo, president of St. Mary's College of Maryland, for his editorial smackdown of those who think of higher education only as vocational training ("Why we need the liberal arts," March 3). His point about preparing students to really think about what makes a meaningful life versus just learning to "make a living" was well taken.

It also makes me proud that our education system in Maryland supports the broader educational outlook that is only possible through rigorous study of the great philosophers, artists and thinkers who have done the most to shape our world.

I hope his words resonate beyond those who know that higher education should prepare students for life and not just their next job.

Gerry Hanlon, Baltimore

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