Studies in the STEM fields are more difficult and more useful than humanities (Lit, History, etc)
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http://www.bloomberg.com...). The US is desperate enough to consider granting visas for just studying engineering in the US. With this high demand and need, how can people justify choosing to study English Literature or History? Granted these fields may be of interest to some people, but these fields are not nearly as useful as Engineering. My stand is, people choose fields like English Literature and History b/c they are much easier than Engineering. I am not against studying Language and History but the idea of MAJORING in these fields esp with the job market the way it is, is simply ridiculous. Are people avoiding Engineering b/c of fear?
Let's look at some of the benefits children experience when they study the humanities, the arts in particular: 1) Boosts in creativity and confidence, 2) problem solving skills, and 3) improved focus and desire to persevere . While the article I'm linking here only mentions their 'Top 10', there are literally dozens and dozens of observable improvements in areas that would likely otherwise remain unstimulated. That's not to say that other areas of study don't also formulate some of these same benefits, but rather that no other area develops them quite as fully.
Secondly, note one of the most famous innovators of our time: Steve Jobs. "Steve Jobs taught the world that good engineering is important but that what matters the most is good design," . The entrepreneurs, inventors, and engineers that you think so highly of usually hold a high level of respect for the humanities - at least, the successful ones do. And what's more, many of them work hand-in-hand with the people who you contend are taking the easy way out to create and improve the technology and innovations that keep our world running.
I agree that good design is essential to any successful device, but do you use your iPhone primarily b/c it looks nice or because it can do things like call, play angry birds, browse the internet, check email? All of those are breathtaking feats of engineering. Design is essential when it comes to getting an edge over competition, but if all the iphone had was a nice sleek case and a cool dial pad, i doubt it would be as successful as an uglier phone that could browse email, call, and play games (i.e. blackberry.) Blackberry used to dominate because it had technical capabilities other phones didn't. It wasn't until other phones caught up in capabilities that the competition turned to user interface( http://www.newyorker.com...).
You also did not address my point about people avoiding engineering due to fear of the difficulty. One of your sources did state that the real world does value engineering more than English degrees. In this current world economy, is it not more effective to choose a more marketable discipline? The current job market trends have already shown it values Engineering over humanities if politicians are throwing around ideas for enticing foreign engineers to stay not foreign historians or actors (see source in previous)
I've taken several engineering classes throughout my years with the PLTW program. I've written complex programs (which was always my forte) and built small machines for difficult tasks. Something is missing from that enterprise, though. Personally, although this is subjective I feel it relevant enough to expose, I feel as though the humanities are more beneficial to myself. Reflecting on life, learning philosophy, understanding the symbolism in literature and art, and connecting with stories and other people is by far one of the most important things we can do as humans.
Networking and creativity drive innovation, as I mentioned before, but I give merit to your comparison of the iPhone to the Blackberry. However, every single aspect of each device is a product of design. I would attribute no more than effective function to engineering.
I believe you've misinterpreted my source. The latter of my two aforementioned sources does admit, in all actuality, that it is harder to find and fill a job position with liberal arts or humanities degrees; it does not argue that the world values engineering over humanities, because that simply isn't true. The arts and humanities train our empathy and make us better human beings. People who feel compelled to contribute to our culture and society in this way aren't taking the easy way out, afraid of pursuing a degree heavy in math or science. Instead, I contend that they are taking a much harder road. Contributing to existence and helping to find and trigger the core emotions of humanity through philosophy, dance, art, and innumerable other enterprises when often times ridiculed is just as noble, if not more so, than seeking out a secure, well paying, needed job position out of duty rather than desire.
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