It seems to be too extreme to admonish students to prepare only for lucrative careers. I would rather disagree that educational institutions should encourage students to choose prudent fields of study. Undoubtedly, institutions should guide students in picking their paths. They also should reveal all objective information about job placement what is rarely done in reality.
Of course, the situation when institutions collaborate with industrial companies is very beneficial for a society. There is also a trend that in the future as it is predicted in some educational analyses the situation will change drastically, namely the societal demand will play a dominant role in choosing a career. For instance, if there is a need to train more programmers, the demand will dictate the “rules” of placement, and educational institutions will prepare more programmers, rather than, say, applied mathematicians.
It is known that mathematics is in high demand in today’s society, but it largely depends on on field in mathematics. Topology, for example, is a very complex field of study, but the result of topology cannot be practical right away. Thus, it is not as prudent as applied mathematics nowadays.
However, there is a need for students working in topology. It would be wrong to discourage students to work in this field, especially since the scarce number of students work in the field, anyway,
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Besides, as well known, the humanities, such as history, art history, literature, linguistics are not prudent fields of study. Nonetheless, it is important not to discourage students to study these disciplines, since literature and philosophy, for instance, are, one can argue, moral consciousness of a society, although, all in all, they are not in demand.
In addition, there should be an objective information available to students on job placement statistics. Students have right to know what will expect them in future. Government along with educational institutions should publish this statistics.
Sometime educational institutions, especially private ones, follow their own interests. Thus, recently law schools in the US encouraged students to apply for law school right in the middle of recession, without revealing truth about job placement in law. As it turned out. the number of lawyers is abundant today, and the society does not need an excessive number of these specialists. As a result, many people suffer either from job loss or unemployment.
In conclusion, I would like to note that educational institutes also have their own immediate interests, and students should be critical and alert to what they are suggested. Ideally, there should be rather an amalgamation of encouragement from educational institutions and an objective information issued by it, such as statistics.
Besides, the society equally needs “imprudent” and lucrative specialists. Thus, it needs linguists, philosophers, philologists who will exist, despite the encouragement of educational institutions, since these disciplines teach about ourselves very much, As long people want to know themselves, as long these disciplines will be studied.
Posted by Dori at 7:12 PM