Further to my previous post, one key thing I’d like to know about the protests in Quebec: What subjects are the protesting students majoring in? I’d be willing to bet that most of them are not studying a STEM field. I would like someone to go poll these students and ask two questions:
- Name five things you plan to purchase over the next 5-10 years.
- What is your major?
Then correlate the data and see how many of those students are studying something that would lead them to a career that is involved in making or providing what they want to buy? I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a very small part of the picture.
You see, most people need and want food, fuel, housing and the latest technological gadget. But many young people have never had it explained to them that those involved in making those things are the ones getting “rich”. I know a few people who majored in psychology and sociology and have high paying jobs in industry – but they are far outnumbered by the people who studied a hard science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
- Same-ethnicity mentors boost students’ commitment to STEM careers (eurekalert.org)
- Graduated? Unemployed? Occupying Wall Street? Maybe you shouldn’t have majored in something useless… (owsanalysis.wordpress.com)