Alexandra Miletta heard President Obama make an off-hand remark about art history, a putdown–what can you do with it? What will it pay? Having been a college major in art history, and having studied art history in Siena, she bristled at the condescension.

Here she explains how her study of art history prepared her to be a teacher educator and why she treasures what she learned as a lifelong resource.

I went to the same undergraduate college as Alexandra, and to this day, I regret that I didn’t study art history but spent most of my time in political science and history courses.