A Letter To Governor Rick Scott

Dear Governor Scott,

I would like a moment of your time to share my thoughts regarding your proposal to decrease the funding of in essence, the Liberal Arts. You know, the one mentioned in the Naples News:

SARASOTA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to shift money from college majors like anthropology and liberal arts that he thinks are economic nonfactors to science, math and technology programs.

Scott told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Monday that he doesn’t think university majors like anthropology add much to Florida’s economic growth. He said that if he is going to tax people to pay for education, he wants that money to go to programs that create jobs like math, science, engineering and technology. He noted that only 20 percent of Florida college students major in one of those four categories.

Scott told the paper, “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”

Now, I confess that I have not had the opportunity to research your suggested proposal thoroughly, but I wonder, have you?

You conceded that only one out of five college students has a degree in what you’ve implied to be appropriate fields, do you really think that cutting the funding for the education of 80% of collegiate America is going to improve the workforce?

My college experience completely shaped who I am as a professional, and as a man – very little of it came in the classroom setting. Were you ready to work when you went off to college? Did you figure it out in the classroom? What were you doing the other 20 hours of the day for at least four years? It doesn’t sound like we’re on our way to re-directing the other 80%, it seems like we’re on our way to telling the other 80% their education isn’t worth it – for us or for them.

Some of us aren’t lucky enough to be born or groomed into our destiny careers and I don’t know the statistic (after all, I only have a Liberal Arts degree) but I’d imagine the majority of America isn’t working in the field their degree is in. Do we really expect 18 year-olds to be able to define their career paths (if only I majored in Youth Studies with minors in Event Planning and Blogging…) or am I the only one who seems to think we oughtta first worry about making sure they have ANY job to graduate into.

(As an aside, some of us find the Liberal Arts to be quite necessary for the development of humanity.)

Mr. Governor, I can see some validity in increasing funding for the Maths and Sciences but why (OH WHY?!) must increasing funding in one educational track mean DEcreasing funding in another? Why must we always rob Peter to pay, er, Peter?

I wish I could offer an alternative solution but I’m too busy working the job that is of no consequence to the future of our state – apparently. But before I go, I have one more question:

Remember that thing you said about “Is it vital to our state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”? That was a joke, right?


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