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kuan.miramanov
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IncredulousVessel
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Should students get a general education or should they concentrate on their own field of study?

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kuan.miramanov
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/7/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kuan.miramanov

Pro

Almost all the universities' students study only their favourite subjects. But there are also some universities, where students have to learn all the possible subjects, even if these subjects are not interesting for them at all. Should the way of education be general or not?
As for me, I believe that students should study subjects they need and they want to learn. They can save a lot of time, studying only those subjects that are really important and interesting. Not paying attention to unnecessary subjects leads to gaining more knowledge about chosen ones.
IncredulousVessel

Con

It is impossible for a student to know for sure what they are interested in until they've first understood what each subject is about.

It's like only showing a child one colour and expecting them to be able to choose their favourite colour from all of them.
Debate Round No. 1
kuan.miramanov

Pro

I'm not talking about schools, where pupils must take general education program, but about universities and colleges.
Understanding of what student wants to do usually comes at school. If it comes later or a young man is confused in choosing his/her specialization, it is his/her problems. Young people should choose subjects they like subconsciously, and it is easy to define. But some students study specializations that are in demand and, according to prejudice, bring good salary, though they are not quite interesting.
If it is not so easy to define what subjects do youngsters want to study, they should try out different roles, before applying to universities. They should find out everything about every profession and then they should make decisions.
Also, government may introduce the Student Choices subject, in which one class refers to the first speciality, another one is to the second, etc. The course may last one semester, and then students have to be able to easily choose their specializations.
IncredulousVessel

Con

College and university already give specialized study plans (A-levels and master degrees).

The only possible argument is over school.

However, this incredulous vessel shall now tear your argument apart.

"Understanding of what student wants to do usually comes at school."

No evidence given, consider this unwarranted and false. In fact many students feel lost even at college.
Look at the following case studies:
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com...
http://answers.yahoo.com...
http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk...

All of them are the very common group of confused kids entering university having no clue what to do in life but being forced to choose a preset engraved labelled path such as 'doctor' or 'lawyer' thinking that this defines them as a person.

"If it comes later or a young man is confused in choosing his/her specialization, it is his/her problems."

Yes and general education would help solve it.

"Young people should choose subjects they like subconsciously, and it is easy to define."

Many like many subjects, it's not uncommon to like more than one, especially in the subconscious realm of emotion without reason.

"Some students study specializations that are in demand and, according to prejudice, bring good salary, though they are not quite interesting."

Good for them... Studying what is not interesting is DEFINITELY what we want to advocate... Not.

"If it is not so easy to define what subjects do youngsters want to study, they should try out different roles, before applying to universities."

But it is only at university that they begin to become mature enough to understand the true depth of study required for a particular role.

"They should find out everything about every profession and then they should make decisions."

How can they find out everything about every profession without a general education available?

"government may introduce the Student Choices subject, in which one class refers to the first speciality, another one is to the second, etc. The course may last one semester, and then students have to be able to easily choose their specializations."

Irrelevant to the debate.

All points have been rebutted.
Debate Round No. 2
kuan.miramanov

Pro

kuan.miramanov forfeited this round.
IncredulousVessel

Con

IncredulousVessel forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Reasons for voting decision: Rationalmadmans arguments were tremendously bad....