This week, the media has been full of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s assertions that: “If you wanted to do something, or even if you didn’t know what you wanted to do, then the arts and humanities were what you chose because they were useful for all kinds of jobs. Of course, we know now that couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Instead, she believes children should be concentrating on Maths, Science, Engineering and Technology. Her logic states that myself and fellow Geographers are wasting our time (and money) studying, researching and then working in this field.
I would argue most vehemently that not only is Morgan absolutely wrong, but she clearly doesn’t grasp the wide academic content that subjects such as Geography contains. In just seven weeks on my MA in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, we have studied topics as wide ranging as The Economy, Urban Planning, Human Mobility and that is not taking into account my own specific research for papers I am writing which have seen me look into several deeply political based areas. Surely these are all topics that the government would want (post)graduates to study and engage with?
If Morgan truly believes that the humanities and geography is not “useful”, that’s fine – but unfortunately all her comments have shown is a total lack of comprehension about the content of Humanities courses, and as the Education Secretary, surely that cannot be a good thing.