The Importance Of General Education

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Globalization, financial crisis, and income inequality have caused tremendous changes in our life as well as our access to higher education. School has become more expensive and high paying jobs always require a degree. People began to think that General Education requirements in degree seeking curriculums are now hinders for students in their educational path. The reason is these requirements take too much time, money, and resource to complete while students need to acquire a degree and a job as fast as possible. Moreover, their social and financial situations may not allow them to stay in school for too long. However, it is not quite accurate to say that GE courses are time wasting, education is always meant to serve our life in one way …show more content…
Students are saying that they were forced to enroll in classes that entirely not related to their major. Therefore, spending one whole academic year for 12 Gen Ed classes wasted their time, money, and pile up their debts. It is true that one academic year is quite a long period of time and the cost of college is expensive. However, consider the skills you will learn in those classes. You may not remember the math you learned in college; but the skills you obtained, such as calculating or problem solving could serve you well in your daily life and other fields. In “The Value of General Education,” Michael W. Austin said that “The foundation of knowledge and critical thinking skills cultivated in general education classes will serve one better over a lifetime than three for four more courses in one’s major.” Spending one year in Gen Ed is not entirely a disadvantage. A well-built foundation of knowledge could be a great benefit when changing majors. It is obvious that in the current economic situation, people might not stay in one job or major for the rest of their life. Therefore, it is good to be prepared beforehand; and when the time for changes comes, there will be less frustration and …show more content…
According to the renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist, our brain is divided into two parts. The left part, which is smaller and grown first, is the place to guide our narrower thinking such as passion, love, and emotion. The right part, which is bigger and grown later when we start learning about the world, is the place to analyze reasons, control our emotions, and evaluate decisions based on a wider foundation of thought. By making contact with a wide range of knowledge through GE courses, we train our right brain in the interpretation of various ideas and reasons. Thus, increase our understanding and awareness about the world around us. For example, studying psychology give us the ability to evaluate and understand others feelings. Therefore, we develop a sense of sympathy instead of narrowly judging them. Another example, with a decent knowledge of science, instead of living the way we want: littering, wasting water, or dumping trash into the ocean; we protect the environment by preventing these actions; because we know that protecting the environment is protecting our life and also our descendants’

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