Scientific Education Versus Literary Education

As a society we live inside an age of science. Technology and science have had many triumphs and life’s mode has been changed beyond recognition. There is no way to see an education today that does not include science. As the days pass by, the arts classes are declining in popularity. There isn’t a real accommodation for students that really want to read and learn science.

Early Literary Education

Early on, education was referred to as literary education. It was the study of literature and language, history, and philosophy. Right up to the end of the 19th century in England, science had only played a subordinate place in the study curriculum. Today, studying science has become increasingly necessary. Today, science has appeared to have invaded home and hearth and settle right in. The real question is, what is the extent that science itself should displace allied subjects including literature?

There are those who advocate literary studies and their cause that would prefer literature to retain its prideful place and they argue that literature itself will broaden humankind’s outlook thus offering a tone to the minds of men with ideas that are noble. Not only does literature improve one’s tastes, it introduces culture. Literature opens up our feelings and gives the mind peace and rest. It also ensures freedom of knowledge and the use of language. This gives mankind the ability to express themselves in a clear and vigorous manner. These are qualities that in a democratic age are very necessary.

Those who advocate education of the sciences are just as assertive and firm. The focus on the need of having a broad knowledge of science because we live in an age of inventions and technology that plays a big part in our daily human lives. Through science men are more inquisitive, observant, and practical. Studying science helps to develop patience. Science also goes a long way to raise and improve the standard of living.

The Heart of the Matter

Midway between the matter lies the truth. Neither is exclusive of the other one. Each one is relative to their phone level of importance and influence. For those who choose to devote themselves of only the study of literature, they could become one-sided in judgment, idealistic, impractical, and imaginative. If we were to study only science, we run the risk of becoming angular and dogmatic. Furthermore we could face losing our grip on the mystery of life. The study of both subjects equally creates a personality that is balanced, temperate, cultured, and alive in the moment.