The problem with modern education is the prominent emphasis on math and science.
Continually, I’m told to take as many math and science classes in order to be succesful later in life. We receive yearly magazines from the state of Indiana for our grade; every year they talk about the importance of math and science classes. They say that if you want to get into a good college, or want to have an amazing job one day, that you need to focus on math and science.
But what about those who don’t flourish in math and science courses?
I know I’m one of those people. I love the humanities-and that’s what I’m good at. My favorite classes have been English Composition, Art History, Government, Speech, Newspaper/Journalism, Art, and Entrepreneurship. I love classes that allow me to think, analyze, interpret. I like to be creative. I love writing and I love thinking. But math and science don’t allow me to do those things. There is only one right answer, only one equation. Yet I’m continually forced to sit through courses that I cannot wrap my mind around. And those teachers think that everyone understands what they understand.
For example, I have to take 4 years of math and 3 years of science. I’m horrible and math and I’ve spent years continually beating myself up for not understanding it. I had a tutor and even that didn’t help me significantly. Math is something I will never understand and I came to that conclusion a very, very long time ago.
Then there’s science. The only science class I’ve ever been good at was astronomy and somewhat biology. But now I’m forced to take physics, and I don’t understand it at all. It’s probably the most difficult class I’ve ever taken. My teacher believes that everyone sees things the way he does. He’s an engineer and he sees things a lot differently than I do. I can’t wait until graduation when I can say goodbye to physics and science classes for the rest of my life.
While currently I’m planning on majoring in business, I really have no idea what I want to do with my life. I would love to go into management because I love leading people, motivating, and find creative solutions to difficult problems. But I could also see myself majoring in journalism, elementary education, social work, sociology, political science, really any of the above. There are so many things I’m great at and so many things I’m good at-I know I’ll find something. But whatever it is, it WON’T be anything math or science related I can say that.
So for now my main focus is not failing physics because I need to graduate. Regardless, I firmly believe that too much emphasis is put on math and science courses and too little emphasis is put on the humanities and arts-those of us who enjoy using the right side of our brain.