Arts and Practical Subjects in University Education
Recent years have seen a debate around the higher education in terms of some university programmes do not satisfy changes that happened in the society. It said that humanities subjects such as philosophy, history, etc. are no longer valuable for the students for their future employment, concerning high university fees and lack of impact to real work.
My first point is the importance of humanities subjects in the study process. Teaching humanities let students improve their critical thinking and see the process of how the knowledge evolve across time. Also, it helps to improve creativity, expanding the horizons adding more information and facts to the student’s erudition. As a result, it improves the productive and his value as an employee.
On the other hand, work is about learning practical things. While knowledge becoming more theoretical it may lose the main point of the education – growing professionals. Learning theory is not the same as gaining professional skills which always come with practice, therefore, some specialities should consider to pay more attention to teaching practical courses. For instance, in computer sciences, the practical side of learning should be predominant, with teaching students real-world cases in programming and software development.
In conclusion, I think that there should be balance between those two directions, creating possibility for student develop in different kind of directions. However, some specialities like computers sciences must inevitably consist of practical courses, allowing its students walk in pace with the development of technology in the modern world.