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5 Reasons to Major in Philosophy
As a double major in philosophy and psychology, I strongly advocate the argument in the following video that demonstrates the value of studying philosophy.
Globalization Flattens the Playing Field: Tom Friedman on Education……
The article below explains why it will be hard to compete in the 21st Century if we do not devote ourselves fully to education.
Excerpt from The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman (New York Times, Sunday April 2, 2005 @ http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/03/magazine/03DOMINANCE.html?pagewanted=all&position=)
…And it is our ability to constantly innovate new products, services and companies that has been the source of America’s horn of plenty and steadily widening middle class for the last two centuries. This quiet crisis is a product of three gaps now plaguing American society. The first is an ”ambition gap.” Compared with the young, energetic Indians and Chinese, too many Americans have gotten too lazy. As David Rothkopf, a former official in the Clinton Commerce Department, puts it, ”The real entitlement we need to get rid of is our sense of entitlement.” Second, we have a serious numbers gap building. We are not producing enough engineers and scientists. We used to make up for that by importing them from India and China, but in a flat world, where people can now stay home and compete with us, and in a post-9/11 world, where we are insanely keeping out many of the first-round intellectual draft choices in the world for exaggerated security reasons, we can no longer cover the gap. That’s a key reason companies are looking abroad. The numbers are not here. And finally we are developing an education gap. Here is the dirty little secret that no C.E.O. wants to tell you: they are not just outsourcing to save on salary. They are doing it because they can often get better-skilled and more productive people than their American workers.
These are some of the reasons that Bill Gates, the Microsoft chairman, warned the governors’ conference in a Feb. 26 speech that American high-school education is ”obsolete.” As Gates put it: ”When I compare our high schools to what I see when I’m traveling abroad, I am terrified for our work force of tomorrow. In math and science, our fourth graders are among the top students in the world. By eighth grade, they’re in the middle of the pack. By 12th grade, U.S. students are scoring near the bottom of all industrialized nations. . . . The percentage of a population with a college degree is important, but so are sheer numbers. In 2001, India graduated almost a million more students from college than the United States did. China graduates twice as many students with bachelor’s degrees as the U.S., and they have six times as many graduates majoring in engineering. In the international competition to have the biggest and best supply of knowledge workers, America is falling behind.”
We need to get going immediately. It takes 15 years to train a good engineer, because, ladies and gentlemen, this really is rocket science. So parents, throw away the Game Boy, turn off the television and get your kids to work. There is no sugar-coating this: in a flat world, every individual is going to have to run a little faster if he or she wants to advance his or her standard of living. When I was growing up, my parents used to say to me, ”Tom, finish your dinner — people in China are starving.” But after sailing to the edges of the flat world for a year, I am now telling my own daughters, ”Girls, finish your homework — people in China and India are starving for your jobs.”
I repeat, this is not a test. This is the beginning of a crisis that won’t remain quiet for long. And as the Stanford economist Paul Romer so rightly says, ”A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”
Thomas L. Friedman is the author of ”The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century,” published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and from which this article is adapted.