Your thoughts on higher educationIB
I recently had an argument with my friend about college curricula. I was defending the merits of a solid liberal arts-based core, while he believed that most of the classes he was being forced to take were a waste of time. I told him that he did not deserve to be in college, thinking like that, with no appreciation for scholarship.
It seems that more and more often, kids are going to college for the sole purpose of getting jobs. This can be attributed to the high salaries of investment bankers, lawyers, doctors, etc. Many people don't really care about what they take in college, and just wanna get a professional degree in grad school, and others only want to take practical, career oriented finance and business courses. Others take science courses not because they want to do research on a subject they love, but because they want to become engineers--a much higher paying job.
Although I want to go into investment banking, I actually value a scholarly, research intensive education because I enjoy learning for learning's sake. Not to mention the fact that finance isn't everything, even if you are pursuing it as a career.
So, what are your thoughts on a scholarly versus a practical education? Would you prefer a college that produces intelligent, well rounded academic types? Or do you prefer your college focus primarily on preparing you for getting a job? I feel like people worry too much about their career and lose sight of all the interesting things to be learned from good professors in college. I think that if you are a career oriented person, you don't need to learn all that professional knowledge in class, and therefore having a more well rounded education would be much more enriching and fulfilling. Would be interested to see the opinions of a career-oriented forum. Perhaps some UK monkeys would like to chime in, since I've heard their programs (at least LSE's) are much more major/concentration based.