I have spent a lot of time debating with myself over the last few months. To take Computer Science or English in University, that is the question.
Many people view these two subjects as completely opposing sides of the educational spectrum. I see them as very complimentary subjects capable of overlap with any other subject. Every company is a tech company. This makes Computer Science a favorable choice due to the knowledge and perhaps practical experience that I would potentially gain while learning about the topic in University. However, seeing as computer science has become a very popular field among students and the value of good programmers and necessary tech jobs will increase exponentially in upcoming years, there are many alternatives when it comes to gaining valuable experience in the field of Computer Science (most of which do not involve taking ridiculous amounts of math).
On the other side of the educational spectrum, which serves no purpose other than to seemingly separate all the subjects that somehow intertwine more and more as we gain experience in the world, there is English. I love English. English has taught me so much about myself and others that I could not see myself living without it. The importance of writing, reading, listening, speaking, observing and forming an opinion on any given subject is priceless. Without English class I would not be capable of seeing the value in any of them. English, quite similarly to Computer Science, is contained within everything we experience on a day-to-day basis. Think of any job. Do you need to write, listen or communicate in that job? If the job you thought of does not contain any of these things, DM me @cam_lamoureux on Twitter I would absolutely love to hear about it.
Stack skills, not degrees.
There seems to be a collective chain of thought among the majority of adults not in teaching that if you study English, you are bound for teaching. I seek to develop my opinion of the world through literature, and I also plan on learning to code.
The next generation of students graduating from high schools and universities within the next couple years are going to need to learn how to do a lot more than just code, or write, or start a business. Everyone is going to develop a very specific set of skills and much like Liam Neeson in Taken, we are going to kill (old and outdated methods of teaching and “learning”).