Obama’s Art History Slam Fuels Academic Debate

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)President Barack Obama ‘s dig about art history majors is adding fuel to an academic debate.

While promoting manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin last month, Obama said: “I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.”

The president clearly knew he touched a nerve with his put-down. He sent a handwritten apology to a University of Texas at Austin art history professor who complained.

David Kilpatrick, a professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., said he was glad to hear the president was sorry.

“You bristle and you kind of say, ‘What kind of message are you sending to the American people?'” Kilpatrick told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

Still, educators are seizing on the president’s comments as an opportunity to defend arts and humanities, even as states shift money into the so-called…

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