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BecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseBecauseAll students should be required totake humanities classes1.3Should students berequired to takehumanities classes?You decide!1.1DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:1. The PRO side argues that we need humanities courses to have a well-functioning society. How would it be possible to test whether this claim istrue?2. The CON side argues that grading in humanities courses is likely to besubjective. How persuasive is this argument, based on your personalexperience?3. Think about a humanities course that you were required to take. Howdid your opinion of this experience change over time as you got older?The humanities areessential to a well-rounded education2.1The humanities teachstudents to not justask "what" and "how,"but also "why"3.1The humanities haveintrinsic value2.2The humanitiesextend students'knowledge andappreciation oflanguage, literatureand the arts3.2These are the thingsthat make life worthliving: the true, thegood, the just, andthe beautiful3.3The humanities arenecessary forunderstanding themeaning and purposeof everything we doas humans3.4The humanities havesocial value2.3Teaching thehumanities isessential for aneffective democraticsystem3.5The humanitiespromote civic andpolitical engagement4.1The humanitiespromote socialcohesion3.6The humanities equipus all to understanddifferent viewpoints4.2Literature opens upour imaginativepotential, making usmore sensitive to theattitudes andemotions of others5.1Philosophy teaches usto identifyassumptions and seewhat traditions orthought systemsthese assumptionsare embedded in5.2Learning thehumanities helps usto better articulateour own viewpoints4.3The humanities arenecessary to navigatenew innovations inscience and technology3.7We need historicalcontext and ethicalreasoning to ask hownew technologycan be used wisely4.4The humanities arenecessary to preserveculture and heritage3.8Students should not be required totake humanities classes1.4Requiring students totake humanitiesclasses implies thatthey will be graded2.4Grading in thehumanities iscounterproductive2.5The grading of papersand class discussionsis largely subjective3.9The grading of apaper highly dependson whether or not theteacher likes thestudent's writing style4.5A teacher gradingmany papers is notlikely to be perfectlyconsistent betweenstudents and acrosstime4.6Grades based on"participation" and "effort"are likely to be biasedbased on the teacher'ssubjective impressions ofstudents4.7Motivating studentsto read, write anddiscuss in order toget a good gradeundermines curiosityand erodes the loveof learning for its ownsake3.10Some humanitiesteachers may push aspecific ideology orpolitical doctrine ontheir students, whichthey get bettergrades for goingalong with3.11Many students willnot attend a four-yearcollege and thereforemust focus on specificjob skills, such astrades2.6The humanities don'tprovide training inany specific job skillor trade2.7Requiring students totake humanitiescourses wastes timethat could be spenton STEM courses(Science, Tech,Engineering, andMath)2.8STEM courses aremore important forstudents in the 21stcentury2.9Jobs in webdevelopment areprojected to increase22 percent from 2018to 20283.12Jobs in cyber securityare projected toincrease by 28percent from 2016 to20263.13BACKGROUND:As demand increases for jobs in science and technology,many wonder whether every student should be required totake classes in subjects like English, social studies, and thearts. Aren’t these classes only useful for a small group ofcultural elites who will attend four-year colleges? Shouldn’tstudents be allowed to focus on classes that will be moredirectly useful for their future careers?1.2

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