Florida Governor Rick Scott wants college students to study for careers that will lead to good jobs after graduation. In Florida, there are more jobs available in the areas of engineering, health care, 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.
Here, two students explain their views.
Yonah Kalikow, 9, Auburndale, Massachusetts
Parents may force their children to study science simply because the tuition is cheaper. But if students are not really interested in those subjects, they may get bad grades. How will they find a job then? People who study science may have more job offers than people who study art, but I don't think that should stop anyone from following her dreams.
Joe McLaughlin, 9, New Canaan, Connecticut
The Florida plan solves two problems at once. It offers discounts to students at a time when many people cannot afford the high cost of college tuition. Plus, it offers a better chance of getting a job after graduation. What's wrong with encouraging young people to study science? Scientists invent products that make our lives easier and more efficient.