My Dog Pythagoras

The college majors offering the best return on investment are, according to CNBC and Michelle Fox, degrees majoring in STEM fields. For those of us more acquainted with a field of golden daffodils, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Now I have to confess that I scored considerably higher on the math portion of the SATs than on the English, and, possibly due to a lifetime of allergies, I’m not especially fond of flowers (I like sedge). Even so, I graduated from college with a major in English, a minor in Comparative Literature, went on to graduate school studying Restoration Drama, and parlayed all this into a successful career as a communication specialist in a highly technical industry, and read good books on my lunch hour.

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You Can Be Motivated By Other Than Money?

This article by Anya Skarova, appeared first in The Conversation and was reprinted in Truthout. We can add it to the discussion of the uses of education in the United States. It is titled:

Arts Students Are Motivated More by Love of Subject Than Money or Future Careers

art studentScience and engineering subjects are often presented as better career choices for students than the arts or humanities. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, recently said that STEM subjects – sciences, technology, engineering and maths – unlock doors to all sorts of careers and that pupils who study maths to A Level earn 10% more over their lifetime.

Previous research has shown that there are actually lots of factors including ability, personality, motivation as well as family and educational background which impact on what undergraduate degree people take and their ongoing career success. And our new research has shown that the importance of the different types of motivation varies depending on the subject a student chooses.

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