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Saritha Choudhry

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Why not have schools and universities ALL OVER THE WORLD where you can pick and choose only the subjects that you are interested in?

According to my knowledge, very few schools and universities have the option of learning whatever you are interested in.
So, for example:
If a person wants to do an English language course for his / her UG, why must he / she learn all the Science subjects in high school. Wont it be better if they concentrate on that instead of distracting their minds with too much to study? Wont just the basic Sciences be enough?
And if we take English Literature, why should we learn Shakespeare's work in detailed? His works are lovely, no doubt, but isn't that a little too much to study? When a person, who loves writing poems and stories and doesn't like critical analyses of works, wants do do his/her undergraduate studies in poetry writing and story/essay writing, why must he / she go into the depth of Literature? Also that person might want to do a degree in Mathematics at the same time. so why not let them choose the courses and subjects? So he / she could get a degree in the both English writing and Mathematics?

I have always wondered why this kind of freedom is not given to the students. Comments, ideas and suggestions are most welcome!!

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  • Mar 18 2013: Dear ZX Style,

    Thank you for your reply. Employers search or want people who are really well experienced in their field. But yes, they do look at other abilities and general knowledge too. So through this education that I'm trying to develop, people will still have knowledge about other subjects too.
  • Mar 18 2013: Dear Ms. Kearney,
    Thank you for your reply!

    I am stuck in a similar situation too. I would like to pursue my career in dancing after I am done with my high school. But now, in high school, I am in a class where I have to learn high standards of Economics, Commerce, Business Mathematics and Accountancy when I have no plans of doing anything related to Business later on. Like mentioned earlier, I don't mean to say that I shouldn't have any knowledge in the subjects. All I say is that the education system could be in such a way that I am let to do an intensive study in dancing and know the basics of the other subjects in high school.

    But yes, this kind of system, I feel, does not need to be followed in Elementary or Middle schools! In that stage of schooling, children must learn their sciences, history and geography so that they will have at least basic knowledge about what is around them or what people had to undergo in the past so that they'd be content with what they have!

    Thank you!
  • Mar 18 2013: Dear Mr. Curt,
    Thank you for your reply! Through the question I asked, I don't mean to say that we should have knowledge only in the field we want to pursue. Yes, it is understood that one cannot do without knowing other subjects too. So, what I mean to say is that, we could not concentrate mainly on the subject we want to learn and just know the basics of the other subjects.
  • Mar 18 2013: Dear Mr. Pintér,
    First of all, thank you for your reply. I do want to start schools and colleges which offers the subjects a person is interested in. But, I am not done with my schooling as yet, So I am just waiting to complete my education so that I can do my bit to the society.
  • Mar 17 2013: Great question! I agree!

    I asked this same question as I returned to school. I retired from 22+ years in the military, finding it preposterous and an fiscal insult to take classes which I have no intrest in; but must take to have a degree.

    In a spirited conversation I pointed out, the concept of education hails from ancient Greece. Concept being if one is educated, one must be knowledgeable in science, the arts, math, and humanities. This may have been true even up to a hundred years ago. However, times have certainly changed. I would much prefer to expend my money and time, focusing in areas of interest which will benefit me. Certainly I have little interest in looking at rocks or dissecting a preserved animal, unless I am interested in the sciences. I am not. Unfortunately I must take this class to prove myself worthy of an education. Why?

    In the President Obama's recent speech, he eluded there needed to be education reform within the U.S. I hope this idea is one he would consider. I believe the success rate in education would be greater and more people would advance their economic standing; and not mind paying back student loans because they learned what was beneficial for them.

    Again, great question! I look forward to hearing what other write!
  • Mar 5 2013: Well the idea against this is that we don't want a bunch of dumbasses who only can do one thing running around making impartial non knowledgeable decisions so no its not there's a reason for the way it is
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    Mar 5 2013: you frame the question in a way that it is in fact a proposal. why don't we = we should consider.

    but i think it is more fruitful to take the question literally, and examine the actual reasons. if you think it is good, what prevents you doing that? why don't we have such schools?