Driven By Ideology

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In modern society, education is regarded as an essential and necessary tool used to achieve success in one’s adult life and career. Therefore, the first step for a person to attain success in a rapidly advancing and improving world, is to go to college and earn a degree in a field of which they are interested and skilled in that will also be profitable in the future. Many of the majors in colleges that fit this pedigree fall under the umbrella of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). However, there are several other majors available at colleges and universities that can be just as profitable falling under the umbrella of Liberal Arts. Liberal Arts studies are often described as “distinct” from technical studies because they…show more content…
In fact The Neoliberal Arts records the transition from youth to true adulthood as the “result of choices we have made, driven by an ideology that we have allowed to impose itself upon us”. The key phrase of analyzation in this quote is “driven by ideology”. The driving ideology being referred to in this quote is one that is formed by the stigmas and majority conclusions of society that place a higher level of importance on STEM than on Arts and Humanities majors. Being driven by this type of imposed ideology can lead to limited outcomes because students are not encouraged to pursue what they love, but rather to pursue that which is profitable. However, having the ability to to be driven by one’s own personal ideology allows for greater exploration and success in an individual's life. When one is driven by his or her ideology, it means he or she is striving to achieve something that they passionately believe in. He or she is not driven by monetary success, and positional power is not the pinnacle of which they want to reach. But to be driven by ideology means to do what is right morally and personally, while also pursuing something one believes will have positive contributions to…show more content…
The stigma of a teacher is that you take on a rather large amount of work and deal with a myriad of student-related situations while getting paid a seemingly minimal amount of money. However, an ideologically driven Art History major who is learning about culture through art around the world would be able to see a bigger picture because an Arts and Humanities education teaches students why and how the humanities “shape our world and fundamental ways by giving us the tools necessary to function constructively and critically in the world” (Heiland). Therefore, this student who is pursuing a career as a teacher would be equipped with the tools and educational pedigree to teach a future generation, through art, how to better understand other cultures and societies. As a result, the efforts of this student will inevitably lead to a more culturally aware and humanitarian world in the future because they chose to stray away from the imposed stigma of society and became driven by their personal
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