Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Question of the Day

Florida is considering allowing high school students to declare a “major,” presumably to give them a jump on what they’d study when they got to college or get them to focus on a course of study at a magnet school. Whether or not that’s a good idea is open to discussion.

I’m of the belief that delcaring a major doesn’t necessarily predict what you plan to do for the rest of your life. Higher education should be a broadening experience, as well as a trade school, and while I have few regrets about being so narrowly focused on an elusive career track (actor, then playwright, then professor; only one of which paid me a living wage, and that was for a short time), I also don’t think that just because I majored in something meant that I would make a living at it. I have no regrets for the eleven years I spent in college (three undergrad plus eight getting my masters and doctorate spread out between 1971 and 1988). I learned a great deal about a lot more than just theatre, and I held several jobs that trained me for what I’ve ended up doing now.

I also think that not everyone needs to go to college — or that it is for everyone. I know a lot of people who have achieved a lot more — and made a very good living — without going to college.

It does bring up an interesting question:

What would you have declared as your major in high school?