STEM is overrated

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Kizmet, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  2. GregWatts

    GregWatts Member

    When did we stop speaking of education as development of human flourishing and start seeing it as something marketable so I can buy the next I phone?
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  3. Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius Active Member

    There's a difference between acquiring an education and earning a college degree.
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  4. GregWatts

    GregWatts Member

    Peace, but they used to be generally, somewhat, related. You had the uneducated, the self-educated, and the formally educated. Arguably B was as good as C but there weren't many Bs (i.e. self educated).
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  5. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Some good points, some awful ones.

    Is there any narrow STEM field? All STEM requires creative and critical thinking, as well as strong communication skills.

    Or, for those who decide that this is the path they want to take. No reason to look at it as an option just for those unable to complete college.

    No, it doesn't, and it's elitist and ignorant to claim so. Information and autodidactic education have never been more accessible to the masses. Meanwhile, formal education has never been so watered down and ideologically, as opposed to intellectually, driven. I won't go so far as to say that a formal liberal arts degree "denies" students of a broad education, but I will go so far as to say that it denies students, and taxpayers, of much more of their money with a less clear path towards making good on the value of the investment.

    Probably just a poorly worded sentence, but this comes off as an appeal to authority.

    Ok, but if you can't accomplish this in the first TWELVE YEARS of institutional education, how are you planning on making this happen over the next four?
  6. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Active Member

    That entire article comes off as elitist, misguided, and outright repugnant.

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