GRE Essay Topic 281 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "When we concern ourselves with the study of history, we become storytellers. Because we can never know the past directly but must construct it by interpreting evidence, exploring history is more of a creative enterprise than it is an objective pursuit. All historians are storytellers."
There would seem to be two different perspectives presented in the above statement. The first two sentences are concerned with exploring history and would seem to discuss looking at history that has already been written. People who concern themselves with the study of history are not storytellers...
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The human population is growing, and , due to globalisation, world is increasingly becoming more an more competitive. In today's workplaces there is always a better way to conduct the tasks one is assigned to.As much as we love to see versatility in an individual,in today's competitive and globalised world, one has be at the top of his game in his field to succeed.
Universities are centers for education and development of pupils, so that they can be a stand up citizen and contribute towards the society by progressing in their chosen field/s. But in today's competitive world, the surest way to succeed in one's field is to be truly competent and master of one's area of work and one needs all the training and time to hone one's skill to really develop that potential. In such a scenario, for a university to force it's pupils to take cources outside their field of study, forcing them to spend their limited time and energy in areas not directly linked to their field of study, would be quite imprudent.
One can argue that by by requiring every student to take courses, outside the student's field of study, universities offer an opportunity to students to explore areas, outside their field of study and gain additional skills which might actually help them in their field of study. For instance, a software engineer graduate might learn a thing or two about literature in university which might help him in preparing persuasive and cogent reports about the software project he/she might be working on in the future. However, this argument ,falsely, assumes the fact the time spent on literature classes - time which could have been spent on learning a ,say, new web framework, wouldn't hamper his/her chances of getting a job in a reputed and demanding software firm. As much as the potential employer would love to see a well crafted report on a software project, he would first prefer the project itself to be well crafted!!!
Therefore, while keeping in mind that adding skills, which are not strictly required in one's field of study, is not necessarily a bad idea in itself, one shouldn't gain those skills at the expense of the level of expertise required to blossom in one's area of specialisation. And hence, while a university should offer a broad range of courses, it shouldn't force it's students to take them.Read more