Should they become vocational?

  1. I'm in college and one of my professors was talking to the class about some seminar he want to. The topic was should colleges become vocational (i.e. say you wanna be an accountant, you just go to take accounting classes. No like say music classes.) or stay the way they are where you kind of learn a little bit of everything along with your major(s). So, what do y'all think?
  2. I actually think that might be a great idea. I got my degree in Journalism. English and writing courses were a breeze. However, I barely passed college algebra (I am SOOO NOT a math person). I had to take it three times. And have I ever used it?!? HMMM...nope! What a waste!
  3. Oh my, that would be awful. It's good to be focused, but that would be going too far...our education system is lacking as it is, compared to other industrial super-power countries...I think it is good to learn a little or a lot about lots of things. With increasing globalization, careers will require people to know more than their field of interest. I think its good to well rounded.
  4. I think it would be a BAD idea.

    Most college classes are just teaching us how to think/study/learn. I don't use math or Japanese much today, but I appreciate how they taught me to think/approach problems in different ways. Same with philosophy, etc.
  5. I tend to agree with EmilyK and gr8heart - it depends though what you study:
    it should be related to some extent. I studied in UK accounting for masters/ business for bachelor and if you do philosophy it should be in the business context, the same for maths, I also would have thought that more law than currently would be great etc. languages are altogether a different story - should always be included.

    I think that classes like music etc wouldn't make sense for accounting/business etc - such a variety you have at school but at uni it should always be subject-related.
  6. I'm sort of in the middle... I think it's important to have a well-rounded education, but at the same time I cringe thinking of all the useless classes I've had to take during college (and not just the ones that don't count for anything because I switched my major a few times), not to mention the money wasted on them (really, about a year or more of tuition just toward liberal studies and graduation requirements). Did I really need a health class that was no different than the one I had in high school? Did I need two composition courses even though I'm a writing major? Another history class and psych lab? No. But I guess I can see how an employer might want to know that I've had a thorough education.
  7. I would disagree with your professor just because being well rounded is so important. You don't need to be an expert in every field, but everyone should have a general idea of world history, their country's history, politics, literature, etc.

    Sure, you might be a top notch English major, but if you've never had a math course-can you balance a check book? Can you figure out your monthly budget. Will you know what 5% of your salary is so your company can match your 401K?

    I think it's good to be well versed in a lot of things.

    What I'd personally like to see is college courses being offered that are more applicable to life after graduation-stuff like personal finances-learning about 401Ks, how to save for retiring or buying a house, etc.
  8. in the UK you just study one subject but you do look at several approaches to it. for example im studying history of modern art, design and film, so i get lectures in those three as well as visual culture (advertising, marketing), class race and gender modules, business and cultural management and specialist art modules. i like the way our universities work but maths and english and politics would help.
    however at my school before university i had to do general studies which taught budgeting,politics and other things useful for later life.
  9. I agree with jbean. I think each student should have a basic understanding of certain core courses. And no matter what people say, you do use basic algebra or algebraic theories almost daily. Anytime you have to figure out a missing number in a mathematical equation, you'll use Algebra. You make X amount of money in a month - bills = monthly purse allowance. Purse cost/monthly purse allowance = number of months until new purse. That's Algebra! ;)
    Anyhow... There are already vocational schools, so what's the point? Also, thare are vocational degrees too (AS or BS)
  10. What's interesting is that at my college, a lot of us don't even have to take a math course. My high school math education is getting me by just fine, and taking an Algebra class in college wouldn't help me one bit.

    I'd like to see a "real life" course, because I don't think most people are prepared enough after high school and even college (depending on your field) to understand a lot of things, like mortgages and investing and budgeting and things like that. They don't teach that in an introductory math course, which is what most colleges expect as part of their "well-rounded" education. I would have gladly opted out of one of my pointless liberal studies courses and taken a class that would make me feel confident about going out in the "real world" instead of having to research every little thing myself and hope I don't learn things the hard way.
  11. Math teaches one how to think. And knowing how to think, to solve is very important in life.

    Imagine how embarrassing it would be, if one day, your child asked you to help with his or her homework and you don't know how. Did anyone watch the "are you smarter than a 5-year-old" show? That's example of not learning and remembering it for life. Cuz most of us only learn in the gimme-the-grade-and-I am-out-there-here way...thinking I am not going to need it later.

    Learning to learn, not learn to earn!
  12. It might not be a good idea for everybody, but I think I would have preferred that.