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Should studying subjects that are needed by society be promoted?


Geenesh 21 / 29  
Jun 22, 2011   #1
Modern societies need specialists in certain fields, but not in others. Some people therefore think that governments should pay university fees for students who study subjects that are needed by society. Those who choose to study less relevant subjects should not receive government funding.

Would the advantages of such an educational policy outweigh the disadvantages?

Nowadays, job opportunities can be found in a myriad of fields. However, the degree of importance of these jobs to society differs from one to the other. In most countries, professions such as doctors, lawyers and accountants are always in high demand whereas people who work in fields related to the Arts, such as music, fashion and design and literature, are considered by many to contribute less to societal development. Hence, a proportion of the society believe that the government should only give financial backing to those who enrol in courses that can allow them to meet the needs of the nation in the near future. However, this begs the question: would such a move be for the greater good or would it prove to be a bane? I, for one, believe that the cons of such a move would far outweigh the pros. I will now state the reasons for my above point of view.

Some people are of the opinion that money makes the world go round and they place high importance on anything that offers monetary gain. Government funding that goes to selected fields that are considered beneficial to the nation would result in some students choosing to further their studies in fields that they are not interested inEven though society will no longer have a lack of specialists in critical fields, the funded students may not be passionate about their jobs and will end up not giving their best to the country.

Moreover, if the country focuses only on critical areas, the other sectors will soon be neglected. For instance, jobs in hotel management are considered less important by some people. Thus, if the above step was taken, the number of graduates who will be available to fill job vacancies in this field will decline in the future. Although such a situation may not seem so serious, it would indeed be a very big blow for the country. This is because the tourism industry usually contributes a lion's share to the country's income. In short, all sectors help the nation in one way or another even though this may not seem to be obvious in some cases.

However, there are some advantages that can be attained if this suggestion were carried out. Firstly, the high job demand in significant fields could be met accordingly. Furthermore, the specialists in fields such as accounting and engineering will be in abundance in the future and this will lead to the progress of a country as a whole. This will be especially evident in Third World countries such as Namibia, Kenya and Indonesia.

In conclusion, it is obvious that such an educational policy will only backfire on the nation. It is indeed true that such a step would bring about some advantages. However, the disadvantages, although not evident now, will certainly bring distinct negative side effects in the future.

dumi 1 / 6,928 1592  
Jun 22, 2011   #2
In most countries, professions such as doctors, lawyers and accountants are always in high demand whereas people who work in fields related to the Arts, such as music, fashion and design and literature, are considered by many to contribute less to societal development.---------------- This sentence is too long and therefore it disturbs your flow of ideas. My advice is to avoid writing very lenghty sentences .

Just have a look at this point;
The society itself is very dynamic and therefore the demand for careers are subject to constant change. For example, a country may have a dire need for doctors for the next three years. However, in the fourth year, the fasion designers may take that place. Therefore if governments are going to adopt such a policy, it would be a very tedious exersise; such a policy would require close monitoring together with flexibility to change the fields frequently. This may sometimes lead to unnecessary issues such as political and social issues .
amrosca 4 / 130  
Jun 22, 2011   #3
Hei Sangeethna! I think that your essay is coherent and right to the point, but in my opinion you didn't get to the roots of the problem.

In most countries, professions such as doctors, lawyers and accountants are always in high demand whereas people who work in fields related to the Arts, such as music, fashion and design and literature, are considered by many to contribute less to societal development. -- The arts scene is actually popular and it's being promoted because everyone thinks that "Education is the future." so a lot of money is being pumped into it. I don't feel like music and literature and fashion are being neglected.

I think it's important to mention that you can make it as anything as long as you are good. There are a lot of phoney artists and lousy lawyers and mediocre doctors who get respect for nothing. And since there are some fabled jobs (lawyers, businessmen and doctors) who make lots of money, most brainwashed monkeys go study in order to get such a job. And they can. Colleges have much lower standards than ever before and I dare say that's the situation worldwide. So instead of focusing on training a veritable elite, a lot of countries will try to help most idiots receive a higher education. To put this shortly, the focus is on quantity, not quality. At present however, we encounter a much bigger problem. Since complete fucktards roam the earth doing as they please, a lot of other jobs (farmers, miners, manufacturers) have remain vacant. Such jobs helped the economy by raising the GDP and hence kept the system stable. But people are ashamed of working the earth. They are ashamed of not having a college diploma. They are ashamed for having less money -no, not earning, having. We are insane to think that everyone can learn. It's absurd. We're being absurd. Not everyone is worth the funds invested in higher education. Not everyone should have a higher education.

It's about time to realize that if we keep going down this slope we'll end up in another great depression. And something tells me we should be prepared for it.
dumi 1 / 6,928 1592  
Jun 22, 2011   #4
amroca;
The arts scene is actually popular and it's being promoted because everyone thinks that "Education is the future." so a lot of money is being pumped into it. I don't feel like music and literature and fashion are being neglected.

I too feel the same way.
OP Geenesh 21 / 29  
Jun 23, 2011   #5
thanks everyone for the ideas.. i will do my corrections..


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