It’s our constitutional right to have the freedom to pursue happiness through choices like jobs and schooling. Florida Governor Rick Scott, with his new plan to boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) degrees in college, may be trying to change that. Scott is cutting funds from majors that are part of liberal arts programs, such as psychology and anthropology, to fund the STEM program. This cut could have tremendous influence on one’s career path.

Scott is using money from different majors in order to enhance the STEM department when only 20 percent of Florida students are STEM majors. As a potential liberal art majors, I will not be persuaded to change my interests for Scott.
What he doesn’t seem to realize are the setbacks this may cause for the prospective college students. If there is a dramatic increase in those four specific areas and hundreds of college students are graduating with the same degree, then the value of the degree will go down as well as the demand for those jobs in society.

In his plan to cut funds for liberal arts majors, the value of those degrees will increase while competition in those fields will decrease. Discouraging students from going into these fields will potentially degrade certain aspects of the economy instead of improving it.

All majors are important to different positions in society and liberal arts degrees are just as important as STEM degrees. For example, students with liberal arts degrees often dual major or use their undergraduate degree to apply to law or medical school, according to The Alligator.

“If we’re going to compete in the world economy we have to get better,” said Scott. It’s an understandable goal considering countries like China excel in math and science compared to America, but that doesn’t mean we should undermine the importance of majors that contribute as much as Scott’s “core” programs.

Although Scott does have good intentions with enhancing the STEM majors, I don’t necessarily agree that he is funding them through budget cuts from “less important” majors. If he can find a way to finance those programs through other funding then it would be a solid start to developing Florida’s economy and decreasing the unemployment rate. Hopefully he can achieve that without neglecting students who are planning on entering the programs loosing funding.

Erica Everett/Centerspread Editor

4 thoughts on “Rick Scott affects students’ prospective majors

  1. As a fan of politics economics, as well as the general communities’ opinion, I can agree and disagree at the same time with Rick Scott. yes, it is true that what Rick Scott is doing is heading towards the right direction for the economy by putting more money and tax money toward the things that will make this country run and advance in its modern western civilization, but at the same time, like it was said by another Steinbrenner student above, the steps to get to that point to build the rocket and to get the cure for science starts with the idea and imagination/creativity. Now, I have never been a fan of Rick Scott even from the start, and as we go on in time, I come to hate him even more for a couple simple reasons. He is a politician who is supposed to fight for the rights, demands, and necessities of the people. what he is not supposed to be doing is being a hypercritic and mocking the constitution, our hopes, and our dreams, by trying to appeal to the religious voters and put religion back into school, like prayer, or take away the opportunity to become a artistic person in later career, or even put more money into programs that many people don’t agree with. So for Rick Scott to call himself a politician is preposterous in a democratic state. He acts more like a dictator in his own little world. Yes, what he is doing in his mind is for the good of the people, but what about all the Atheist, or the religions that do not practice prayer in school, or have to listen to “prayers” that mock other religions or their views. Everyone chooses to have a religion; they choose where to practice it and where they should listen to it. They should not be forced to listen to prayer that does not pertain to him/her by a “politician” who is “for the people”. With Rick Scott in office, a mini war of hate, discrimination, and arguments/disaster will stir up, and the fact that Rick Scott is trying to put programs and money into school to force certain things upon their people is just wrong and a disgrace to himself. We are a democratic state, so why don’t we and Rick Scott act like one and take some kind of survey or democratic system of events. By the way, Jake Bittle, I don’t have anything else to add to this article.

  2. I think it’s unfair for funding to be taken away from liberal arts majors while they are given to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math degrees in college because it gives people looking to major in liberal arts an unfair disadvantage in college, and later on in life. This would also have a negative effect on the economy.

  3. In my opinion it shouldn’t be an either/or choice. The people who can help make the biggest difference in society need to be balanced. You may be able to create a rocket, but lack the artful skills to inspire any one to ever build it. You may create a beautiful painting, but that is not going to save the life of a child needing a cure for cancer.

  4. He’s not neglecting students, he’s taking areas from the state budget that aren’t necessary for tax payer funding and loosening the burden on those of us that actually pay for them. Sure, it may raise tuition costs, but Florida has the cheapest in the U.S.. He’s doing what people put him in office to do and that’s relieving the massive budget hole. The world isnt made up of anthropologists, it’s made up of those who excel in science and math. Therefore, I must agree with Scott on his PROPOSED decision.

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