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Education

Does the rise of STEM spell the demise of the humanities?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 August, 2018, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 August, 2018, 4:00pm

I heartily agree with John Ng’s views in his letter “Obsession with STEM should not sap support for the humanities” (August 21). As an arts graduate myself, I have long lamented our education system’s neglect of the humanities.

Unprecedented and speedy advances in technology have only further eclipsed the humanities and tipped the balance further. Today, we have multitudes of pure science and technology trained people, who lack a grounding in the humanities and possibly the resultant emotional quotient to make sound judgments between right and wrong. These people are in control of technology that may make or mar the future of the human race.

It is like giving a child a gun – the result could be at best hazardous and at worst case disastrous. Gone are the days when we admired the “renaissance man” who had all-round knowledge in both the arts and sciences.

Rupert Chan, Mid-Levels