Samantha Schuster says, “I find that liberal arts thinkers are the ones that try to problem solve and don’t just draw on experiences and skills from school.”(McNutt). Liberal arts education let the person to express their individuality and they are the one who who figure things out about the world. They are the ones who try to solve world issues, politics, resource crisis, and discovering new phenomenons that lives with us humans. They are the ones who creates designs for marketing, creates maps for traveling, create how the world is shaped, and create the way society is portrayed in the media. I believe that a liberal arts education is better than STEM education because liberal arts education teaches life skills that is more widely used to run the world. STEM is also apart of a contributing factor of human life, but it is focused upon a very specific area while liberal arts education is widely spread.
Liberal arts can be defined as an education with choices. With a liberal arts education, there will be a variety of careers that can be chosen upon compared to STEM which is only specified to the one area of study. In Mark McNutt’s article, “There Is Value in Liberal Arts Education”, it mention about Sam Menzin telling his advice he learned. “ They look for other skills,” he explains. “They all told me that the best path to success was to do something I was passionate about. And I always loved history.” (McNutt) Menzin had a degree in history but had a career that dealt nothing with history. He was able to be apart with the Detroit Tigers organization which was one of his passion. His study did not restrict him to one specific career. Val DiFebo, a CEO of Deutsch NY, the New York-based arm of a national advertising agency says “Creativity and critical thinking skills associated with liberal arts majors set them apart. For success and innovation in her industry, DiFebo believes a liberal arts education might be better than a specific career-ready degree.” (McNutt) A CEO like DeFebo sees that a liberal arts education has a better purpose than STEM that helped her company grow.
Liberal arts is the foundation of STEM. In Carol Christ’s article, “Myth: A Liberal Arts Education Is Becoming Irrelevant.”, a study from Nobel laureate Thomas R. Cech says, “Even though only 3 percent of college graduates received their education at liberal arts colleges, roughly 20 percent of scientists elected into the National Academy of Sciences in a recent two-year span come from liberal arts institutions.” (Christ) Liberal arts education teaches skills critical thinking, creativity and oral communication. Cech also said, “The study of great books, history, languages, music, and many other non-science fields is likely to hone a scientist’s ability to perceive and interpret the natural world.” STEM is an area of focused on a specific skillset. By just knowing a skillset without any knowledge may be difficult for STEM workers to help the world but with the help of liberal arts education, the knowledge that it gives to STEM students will help with life skill for the understanding of the world. In Edward Ray’s article, ‘The Value of a Liberal Arts Education In Today’s Global Marketplace”, he talks about the skills of what a liberal arts education provides. “All successful careers require critical thinking, teamwork, sensitivity to cultural, demographic, economic and societal differences and political perspectives. A liberal arts education provides this grounding. Most people will have six to 10 jobs during their careers, and liberal arts majors are the most adaptable to new circumstances.” STEM stands strong because of the skills a liberal arts education provide for them. Without the liberal arts education, STEM would had struggled with the lack of skills that were said by Ray.
Liberal arts education attracts employers. Employers value employees with multiple skills and liberal arts education gives you those skills set. In Edward Ray’s article, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Today’s Global Marketplace”. “A survey of 400 employers conducted by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management found that applied skills such as oral communication, critical thinking, creativity and teamwork “trump basic knowledge and skills, such as reading comprehension and mathematics,” for career success.” (Ray) Successful companies value the liberal arts education because it focuses on more than one skillset. Liberal arts education teaches life skillsets as well as business skillsets. Ray says, “ The ability to quickly assimilate information, analyze what’s needed, and aggregate content for personal or professional use are skills that stem — no pun intended — from liberal arts training and are critical in all aspects of life today.” (Ray) Ray talks about how the training from a liberal arts education are aspects of life skills and employers sees that and wants their employers to have those skillsets.
In conclusion, liberal arts education is viewed better than STEM because the skillset that liberal arts training gives helps with life and is useful tools to proceed and understand the world better. Liberal arts education gives more freedom and a more widely spread of careers that can involve your area of study or not. Employers looks for employees with multiple skills to hire and liberal arts teaches many skills such as critical thinking, analysing situations, and communication. STEM is rapidly growing but liberal arts is the foundation for STEM to grow. If not for liberal arts, STEM will struggle to understand the world and won’t be as effective. Liberal arts has always been a big part of education for successful employers and it will continue to grow.