Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
Students should learn subjects that will be useful in a future job, including math, science, technology, and engineering, even if they are interested in other subjects.
I strongly agree with the statement that students should learn subjects that will be useful in a future job, including math, science, technology, and engineering, even if they are interested in other subjects.
Foremost, math, science, technology, and engineering prepare students with the basic skills needed not only for a job, but for life in general. Those subjects are foundational for learning to solve practical, everyday problems. For example, math is needed to create a working budget for a household’s income and expenses. A knowledge of engineering can help a person do simple repairs on a home rather than call in a handyman and pay significantly more to have the job completed. Therefore, students should learn the subjects to help with situations that arise in the future, even if they do not feel that the subjects are applicable for their intended jobs.
In addition, it is impossible to know what the future will bring. Even if a student is not now interested in a career that heavily relies on certain subjects, he or she may end up in such a career in the future. Job descriptions change, and people change jobs. By learning foundational subjects, students are better prepared to deal with changes in their working environment and are more marketable as employees. If a student does not have certain basic skills, it greatly limits what the student is able to do in the future. An employer would prefer to see at least an introductory level of math, science, technology, and engineering that the employee can build upon rather than hire a person with no exposure to such skills at all.
Furthermore, if a student has no interest in foundational subjects, then the student is less likely to have casual experiences using the subjects outside of the classroom. A student who is interested in technology, for example, is likely to have a hobby such as computer programming, and such a hobby contributes to the development of a deep understanding of the subject. That student can apply things learned from the hobby to complete tasks in a future job. On the other hand, a student with no interest in technology is at a serious disadvantage because he or she does not have any experience to draw upon at all.
Therefore, I think it is important for all students to take classes related to the sciences, math, technology, and engineering. That way, the students are better equipped to take on any job and to solve problems in everyday life.
prepare X with Y 为X 准备Y
income and expenses 收支
be applicable for 可应用到
an introductory level of 基础的，入门级的
build upon 建立，依赖
foundational subjects 基础学科
at a serious disadvantage 处于非常不利的地位
draw upon 利用
be better equipped to 有能力去做