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As a college student, I’ve heard numerous complaints about the GERs (General Education Requirements) we must complete before graduating. “Why do I need to take a science with a lab when I’m a history major?” or “I’m studying Philosophy; what do I need a math class for?” These sentiments are often echoed by grade school students I’ve tutored (and even their parents!) – so I thought it might be useful to give my opinion of the situation, as I’ve explained it to friends, students, and parents.   Most students in grade school (and early in their college careers) don’t know exactly what they want to do yet and haven’t explored all of their interests. I took a Philosophy of Art class my freshman year of college, despite having no experience with philosophy classes or art classes. I found that I quite enjoyed the philosophical debate (though I wouldn’t want to pursue a career in the field) and that, while I don’t draw or paint, I enjoy studying artwork. Had I taken the typical... read more

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