Created by Jeenn Lee Hsieh
>More government money should be invested in teaching science rather than other subjects for the country to develop and progress. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
For the country to develop and progress, it is essential not to set limits to imagination on which science, philosophy and arts are built. True enough, in this age of information technology we cannot but think that today's science is tomorrow's technology. However, while the importance of teaching science cannot be overemphasized, the subjects of philosophy and arts should not be ignored due to their imaginative values.
Science education is worthwhile, although often costly, for some obvious reasons. It can be seen that most modern scientific discoveries that are of significance to our lives happen in well-to-do countries in which not only private sectors but also governments are willing to invest heavily on research in many scientific disciplines. No doubt, scientists as researches need money to live and require that kind of environment which is vital to stimulating imagination. Curiously, every great advance in science seems to have come from a new audacity of imagination characteristic of great philosophers and artists. In plain words, imagination is the soul of human development and progress, as if it were shaking hands with artists, philosophers and scientists alike. Based on this presumption, therefore, it would be very unwise for any government not to spend money on teaching other forms of liberal arts along with science.
It is interesting to realize that studying philosophy and arts can lead to such imaginative power as to interpret facts, and that the vital part about science is not so much to obtain new facts but to discover new ways of thinking about them. In a certain sense, science is in debt with imagination on the one hand, and on the other it is friendly to philosophy and arts which in turn empower imagination. As examples, stories have been told about Albert Einstein and Charles Darin, among other great men of science in history. Einstein thought, wrote and played the violin. Darwin was deeply interested in Shakespeare, Milton, Shelley. This concept may be an indication that government money should be spent on teaching science which organizes knowledge as well as on philosophy and arts which organize life, all with imagination.
Accordingly, education at its best is associated with cultivating imaginative values that are indispensable to ultimate development and progress of any civilization. Science is of course the star of the modern world and needs investment to keep it shining. Nevertheless, it should also be understood by all, particularly the government, that every science begins as philosophy and ends as art.