Saturday, February 11, 2012

Revolution STEM

One line of attack on college education has been on what students have majored in while in college. In particular, this line of attack is that students have not made the ‘right’ choice in their major, making ‘softer’ choices rather than the sciences. There is no doubt that majoring in sciences is hard. Nor is there a reason to believe that we should abolish majors with high unemployment rates.

Virginia Postrel takes on those who trumpet STEM fields as the solution to the woes of our society. She may be on to something - think about all the revolutions that have come and gone in the past. Whom have the ruling regime feared most? I would not be too far off if I said that philosophers, artists, writers, musicians are the ones who inspire the population most and whom authoritarian regimes fear the most.

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