Is Arts a Useless Major?

In over a month, millions of Filipino high school graduates are stepping into the college world. By this time of the year, some would have chosen their courses already but many may still be clueless and indecisive about what field they want to plow for the next 4 or 5 years.

I got this from a friend’s wall today.

Photo by Andrea Faith Padre

To react, these are my two most favorite quotes that pinned me to my field of choice for 7 long years.

“We need to favor an education that cultivates the critical capacities, that fosters a complex understanding of the world and its people, that educates and refines the capacity for sympathy. In short, an education that cultivates human beings rather than producing useful machined. If we do not insist on the crucial importance of the humanities and the arts, they will drop away. They don’t make money. But they do something far more precious: they make a world worth living in.”

– Martha Nussbaum. Newsweek.

“I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness. Gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot and killed by high school and college graduates. So I’m suspicious of education. My request is: help your students to be human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, or educated Eichmanns. Reading and writing and spelling and history and arithmetic are only important if they serve to make our students human.”

– Dr. Haim Ginott

I am a graduate of FINE ARTS major in CREATIVE WRITING specializing in DRAMA THEATER ARTS with professional experiences in LAY-OUTING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN.

If that makes me a ”useless” person to the 3rd power, then I gladly embrace my humanity. For I’d rather be human than ”useful” according to the standards of this present world.

Fine Arts, yey!

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2 thoughts on “Is Arts a Useless Major?

  1. made me think about why I graduated in a seminary… I am almost to the point of feeling useless as my degree is of no use when it comes to my church, but reading this inspired me, I guess I am called to do something more than this course I graduated…

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    1. Hey bri 😉 i guess everything we learned in school will never be useless.. but its right that we keep on desiring to learn more and more.. look for opportunities to further your studies.. the world is big and its inviting u to explore more! I believe God’s children are given favor ir they seek to learn more 😉

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