Florida Governor Rick Scott wants college students to aim for careers that will lead to good jobs after graduation. In Florida, there are more jobs available in the areas of health care, engineering, science and technology. Scott thinks universities should offer lower tuition rates for these subjects, encouraging students to focus on them.
Critics say the governor's plan doesn't value those who study subjects such as art, literature and history. These people, too, have useful skills. There is also the risk that if arts students are forced to pay higher tuition, they may simply choose to attend universities outside the state.
Should students who choose job-friendly majors pay less college tuition? Here, two students explain their views.
Ellie Riggsbee, 10 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Science students should be able to pay less for a degree because our country needs more scientists. If science students pay lower tuition, they will have less debt after graduation. What's more, they will have a better chance at getting a good job. Having more scientists will help all of us. They may discover medications that can cure diseases. They may figure out ways to solve our pollution problems and help our world in many ways.
Luke Wing, 11 Huntington, Massachusetts
Students should pay the same tuition no matter what subjects they choose to study in college. The world needs people who are knowledgeable about history and literature. If students choose majors based simply on lower tuition rates, they could end up in jobs that do not satisfy them. There is also a chance that even smart students would fail if they didn't have an interest in the subjects they were studying. People are more likely to give their best efforts when they are studying subjects they really love.
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