Are General Education Classes an Obstruction? A look at the college education system and general education classes.

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Millions of kids are walking into different classrooms as you are reading this. In fact there are millions of students enrolled in degree granting schools right now. Some of those students are off to the library, working on papers, going to a class for their major, or working. However, a majority of students across the nation are taking classes that have little or nothing to do with their major. General Education classes are designed to expand the minds of students. It helps to broaden their knowledge on many varying subjects. Most colleges enforce the general education policy in such a way that students cannot graduate without these courses. In many cases, this is one third of the total credits needed to graduate. That works out to be approximately 35 to 45 credits out of the 120 needed to graduate from most baccalaureate programs. Meaning that one third of a student's academic schedule is geared towards fulfilling theses general education requirements.

Students go to college on their own will and money. People are not forced to go to college, like in elementary and middle school. The student can choose any college that will accept them. The major that one takes is also up to the student. They choose where to live and who to be friends with. The students also can choose which classes they want to take, to an extent. The student can choose which class, but it has to satisfy a certain criteria to fir into to general education category. There is only a marginal degree of choice when it comes down to what class a student should take. Students may be forced to take classes which they may know nothing about. Or even worse, students may be forced to take a class in a subject matter that they...