Some people go into college with their minds set on what they want their career to be, but end up not liking their career when they try it out in the real world. If students took general education classes, they might be motivated to keep their options open and not commit to a single path in life. In the future, many workers will switch from job to job, rather than the traditional model of having one career for life. A diverse college curriculum will better prepare students for the economy of tomorrow.
The average American on goes at least 4 carrier changes in their live and it's always best to offer general education so that they can be reminded what certain areas are like hands on. This also better prepares students for certain areas of education because the more knowledge the better.
Lets be clear, general education is Math, History, English, etc. Sure, we learned that in the K-12 grades, but now we need to learn it at a higher level. We need to learn how to communicate in the real world. Also, most higher level classes in specialized subjects will require knowledge gained in Gen. Eds.
If a student just follows the requirements for their desired major, then what happens if they don't get any job in that field and end up failing? If they haven't taken any of the other required gen-eds then they wouldn't know what other way to go because they didn't take any of those classes. Also if the students aren't required to take these gen-eds and are still undecided, then how are they supposed to decide? Students should take all the requirements to find a second and/or interest/skill just in case the first one or two fail.
You went to school for 12 years to learn for your general education. Kids go to college to be educated usually, in the field of what you would want to do with your life. I'm a college student taking IT Network administration and have to take a chemistry class. I don't want to learn chemistry, I want to educated about what working field I would like to go into.
General education has already been taught to students grades K-12, a few more years of it when they're supposed to be learning how to operate in a specific field is not only unnecessary, but it's counterproductive. By college-age, they're no longer children. The education system shouldn't have to continue to hold their hand, they should either know what they're going in for, or hold off on college for a bit longer.
I have yet to learn something new in my general education courses. It seems I keep doing the same thing over and over again. I'm so tired of this general education that I almost feel like quitting. I haven't even gotten into professional school yet but I have already looked into it and I will be doing the same thing over again there too! Maybe if we didn't have so much general ed. We would have less debt and more people working to help out the economy. Thanks for helping us stay bogged down in debt with lame courses that mean absolutely nothing!
Science major students have to take courses like their state government, many of them are making plans of moving out of state after graduating, and courses like these affect their GPA. This is something similar to evaluating a Biology major based on their knowledge of american history or federal government.
General education courses are a waste of time and money for those who have a career picked out. While there should be general education courses available for those who haven't yet decided their major, anything beyond that is pointless. All the general education one could possibly need should be learned in High School. The fundamentals of Algebra, World History, Kinematics, Biology, and Language are indeed more than sufficient to produce a productive citizen outside their field of study.
I'd even go further and argue to lessen requirements in hi school. But to the question, no. College is something students pay for, and taking classes outside their interest only wastes time and earns the university money. If a student is undecided, then I feel a university should have a general ed path set up, so they can explore. Classes should also be available for those who,know their career path but wish to explore. For those in a program, however, taking general classes does not benefit their major. Never do employers ask about general ed classes when a recent graduate is applying for a job.
Taking general subjects might do students no good; imagine the enormous amount of work. Even though education should not be restricted to certain subjects, exams and the stress coming out of general education would only lead to rote-learning without any passion for knowledge. Rote-learning is definitely not an effective way of learning as things learned could easily be forgotten as we force ourselves to memorize to score well. We should be given a choice to learn what we are interested in, while being constantly reminded not to overlook other subject areas. In this way, all of us would have different skills and specializations, enabling everyone to contribute to the society in one way or another in the most effective way.
Like others have said since K through 12 we have endured enough general education courses in public schools. We are paying for our education in college and we should be taught what we want to learn not take extra unneeded classes. This is why in college students have to take 15 to 18 units to graduate on time or take 5 to 6 years to finish school because all of this GE crap. There should be maybe about 2 to 3 GE courses and no more. English and math should be one course each and if college was like this it would save money for the student and time. This is why trade schools are growing because you focus on your major with minimal GE classes taken.
Any more GE course should be electives. After I done all my GE courses before transferring to a University from a community college I thought I was done with GE. No, I have to take 3 more GE classes but upper division. That is too much. Time to change the curriculum.
Children spend thirteen years obtaining a liberal education. Math, life science, physical science, history, etc. Are all taught year to year in K-12; college should be the time to start pursuing a specialization. College students are adults and should have the freedom to decide whether they wish to pursue further liberal education alongside their specialization (e.G. With a double major in liberal arts or an Associate's Degree).