Theoretical subjects such as Mathematics, Philosophy and Economics should be removed from university curriculum and replaced with practical subjects such as Computer Programming and Engineering. Discuss and form your opinion on this?
Replacing theoretical subjects with the practical ones does look promising but the question of what should or should not be on a university syllabus has always been a contentious one. But suggesting that we make simplistic choices such as removing philosophy and replacing it with engineering is simply ridiculous. In this essay, I will explain why we need to think carefully about forcing our youth into certain college courses.
First of all, universities are not just training centers for companies. Of course the university must remain in contact with the ‘real’ world and provide courses that can be applied to ‘real’ world problems. However, this does not mean that the university’s only function is to provide cheap job-ready recruits for corporations. The real world is not a simple place: it is a multi-dimensional, interwoven web of interests, realities, perspectives and complex social interactions. Perhaps engineers can build a bridge, but they cannot do it by themselves. They need to be politicians, communicators, visionaries, designers, accountants, leaders, and problem-solvers. Similarly philosophers or economists cannot dwell in the clouds concocting grandiose theories: they need to be communicators, writers, breadwinners, accountants, cooks and baby-sitters. We all live in worlds where practice and theory constantly intersect, and our choices of course in college do not mean we are less practical or more theoretical. They simply reflect an area of our interest at a particular point in time.
A second reason why colleges should offer a wide range of courses is in response to market demands. Many colleges depend on tuition fees, and if people want to pay for doctorates in divinity or diplomas in dog-grooming, then the college should respond to this and provide the best courses possible.
Thirdly, imagine a world full of engineers, or philosophers, or food scientists, or economists. Clearly civilization would come to a halt, as would conversation. From time to time gaps will arise in the job market because of new economic or population trends, and colleges will need to produce more doctors, business graduates or nurses, but overall, a healthy society will have a healthy range of courses for its people to maximize its human potential.
At last I think that the most important reason is that people are immensely versatile. An engineer can be a philosopher, and a cook can be a physicist, or a musician, or a day-trader. There is no need to pigeon-hole people and put artificial restrictions on their activities. College should be an opportunity to explore and to connect with the world, rather than a joyless initiation into a lifetime of work. In a world that is changing faster than ever before, we need to forget simplistic distinctions and instead prepare ourselves for a rich, varied lifetime full of opportunities and wonder and so I strongly view that there should be no shuffling in curriculum as all subjects have their own importance to play in one’s life.
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GLOSSARY OF WORDS
Promising – showing signs of future success
Contentious – causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial
Ridiculous – deserving or inviting derision or mockery; absurd
Recruits – replenish or reinvigorate (numbers, strength, etc.)
Multi-Dimensional – of or involving several dimensions
Interwoven – blend closely
Perspectives – a view or prospect
Interactions – reciprocal action or influence
Visionaries – a person with original ideas about what the future will or could be like
Dwell – live in or at a specified place
Intersect – divide (something) by passing or lying across it
Halt – bring or come to an abrupt stop
Potential – having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future
Immensely – to a great extent; extremely
Versatile – able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities
Initiation – the action of beginning something
Shuffling – rearrange something by sliding them over each other quickly
Curriculum – the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college