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Update: Steve Jobs, who died on Thursday at 56, famously said that Bill Gates would be "a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.'' Mr. Jobs also thought Mr. Gates's view of education was narrow. Here is a March 21, 2011, forum on the two tech giants' philosophies of learning.
College students want to know what courses and majors will give them an edge in their careers. But the choices are not always clear, even if you are taking advice from Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
In a talk to the nation's governors earlier this month, Mr. Gates emphasized work-related learning, arguing that education investment should be aimed at academic disciplines and departments that are "well-correlated to areas that actually produce jobs."
If this was not music to the ears of advocates of the humanities, they quickly found a soulmate in Steve Jobs. At an event unveiling new Apple products, Mr. Jobs said: "It's in Apple's DNA that technology alone is not enough -- it's technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing and nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices."
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