Are General Education Courses A Waste Of Our Time?

Are General Education Courses A Waste Of Our Time?

Do these courses provide a much-needed broad education or are they a pointless requirement?
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If there's one thing that every college student has become an expert on, it's jumping through hoops that often seem completely pointless but are still, for some reason, required. Doing this is an important part of becoming an adult. However, one starts to wonder how many hoops (in this case, dreaded general education courses), should be mandatory, especially if they have nothing to do with the career someone wishes to pursue. Aside from the fact that students must pay the course fee and pay for the textbooks, these classes also take time away from the subjects that really interest students. Others say that general education is important because it provides a broader experience and helps the student find their interests.

As a student at a liberal arts school, I have a pretty narrow understanding of how regular colleges work. This is why I asked by best friend who attends the University of Florida for her thoughts on the subject. She believes that, if someone is certain of what they want to major in, they should be able to only take the classes relevant to that major. According to her, general education classes are often irrelevant because students have all of high school to learn basic material. She thinks that liberal arts colleges should realize that a lot of what they teach is just a repeat for some. If she could change the system, she’d make it so that those who are "undecided" about their major could take some general education courses in order to find something that they’re interested in, but it should not be a requirement in order to graduate.

All of these ideas make complete sense and it is certainly a more streamlined way of doing things. However, one could argue that the point of getting a higher education is to have a broad range of experiences that you can fall back on for help later in life. The College of Charleston, for example, places a great emphasis on a liberal arts education. While I definitely believe that having a broad education is important, I wonder how it affects the students’ mental states. Having so many classes that are all in such broad subject areas can be incredibly challenging, especially if one of them is something that someone struggles with. Also, having so many different areas of study being thrown at someone who has very broad interests and struggles to decide on a major can cause them problems with making a decision, which is the exact opposite of their intended purpose. I could get into a whole discussion about how this is an ulterior motive to get more money from students, but that’s for another time. My point is, since there is so much societal emphasis placed on what someone majored in during college, being torn between multiple interests can actually cause more problems than this plethora of skills can solve.

What is your opinion of general education requirements? Do you think they provide students with a much-needed broad education? Or are they a pointless requirement for those who are certain of what they want to dedicate their life to?


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An Argument For Relaxation

Please, take a break!
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Hey, you! Yes, you! Reading this article right now! I'm guessing that you're procrastinating for some reason right now –– I can relate.

After all, I am procrastinating studying for a test by writing this article. We're all in the same boat, and that's why I feel like I can share something with you. Nothing too deep, nothing too dramatic, just a truth that I discovered recently that I think might help you out. Ready for it?

Ok, here it goes: you can take a break.

That seems obvious at first glance: "Of course I can take a break!" you say. "Why, I take a break every half hour or so to check Instagram!" And I support those kinds of breaks, the mindless ones where you don't need to think as hard. However, the kind of break I'm talking about is the one that takes up more than five minutes. Instead, I want you to find time to take break that is far more substantial, one where you can spend time with friends or nap or read or go for a run or just do something that feels good to you, even if you haven't finished up all of your homework yet.

This sort of break takes a good sense of balancing, of course: you can't just ignore all your work while relaxing. Instead, try to find a good time to set down your calculus equations and history essays so you can recharge and refocus before finally finishing everything up. This sort of practice might take some time to figure out fully, but I promise you, when you finally are able to balance work and play, you'll feel like your life is far more fun (and focused!) than it was before you could both study and spend time with those you love.

This article isn't meant to provide step by step instructions, because taking breaks is a personal experience: instead, try to find your own system, and be sure to keep up the practice until you can finally say that you've mastered the art of the study break.

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