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English Teacher, Make A Difference

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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 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!

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