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4.      ·         Provide at least three reasons why every  student  should be required to take general education courses. Explain  your rationale. Support your rationale with  evidence from at least one  scholarly source.

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6.      ·         Describe what you have learned from at least  three specific  courses (e.g., philosophy, history, English, math,  psychology, etc.) that has  proved its usefulness in your daily life.  For instance, what did you learn in  history classes beyond just names,  dates, and places? In literature courses,  what did you learn about  life, the university, and everything beyond the  literary work itself? 

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9.      Provide at least three reasons why every student should be required to take general education courses. Explain your rationale. Support your rationale with evidence from at least one scholarly source.

10.  Students should be required to take general education courses because it rounds out their mental intellect and makes them more educated individuals. General education classes which include communication and public speaking helps students become more poised and stronger individuals when it comes to expressing their points, thoughts, opinions, and feelings. A student learns to master basic skills throughout these courses. A big argument during general education courses is always made during math courses that one will never use these skills again. However, these math courses improve problem solving skills, formulas, and systems. These are all things that a student can use in every day life or a future career. It is the general education experience that prepares us to make significant contributions to the community, our nation, and the world (Jackson, 2012). General education requirements also allow a student to lay the groundwork and foundation to continue learning skills towards their major or career choice.

11.  Describe what you have learned from at least three specific courses (e.g., philosophy, history, English, math, psychology, etc.) that has proved its usefulness in your daily life. For instance, what did you learn in history classes beyond just names, dates, and places? In literature courses, what did you learn about life, the university, and everything beyond the literary work itself? 

12.  One class I took was Intro to Computing. In this class I learned about basic computer programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. This class also taught proper formatting of resumes, cover letters, professional emails, etc. Not only has this class been extremely useful in the rest of my journey towards my Bachelor’s, but I also used all these programs daily at work as a manager. We used Excel for tracking data, information, and imputing formulas. In history classes, such as American Government, I learned the importance and workings of our political systems and how to be an informed citizen when participating in society. For example, this means elections, jury duty, etc. In Fundamental of Public Speaking, I learned how to better support my arguments and points. This class also taught me how to express my thoughts and opinions in a better organized fashion and be more articulate when speaking even on a daily basis.


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15.  Educational courses are essential in life as it is the foundation to the necessary basic skills needed to function on a daily basis.  A huge skill is the ability to communicate effectively.  Communication skills builds confidence and will help with public speaking and presentation skills.  In about every job there is, effective communication skills are necessary.  Whether it will be face to face communication, over the phone communication, or with technology today, communication over the internet and even in discussion boards like our class.  You have to be able to articulate discussions and relate them to the real world.  “Technology and Society (STS) movement has begun to form an intellectual framework for general education as it focuses on real social problems.  Research in science education emphasizes that to be scientifically literate, students must be able to apply and connect their study to the real world” (Johnson 1993).  Another important element for general discussion is the use of foreign language.  With an increasingly diverse world, it is essential to learn the cultures and languages of other countries.  Whether it will be international business professions or working in a market with diverse cultures, having a general education of various customs and languages is essential to effectively communicate.  History is important as well as if gives an individual the prior effects and results that shaped the world today.  You have to know what was done in the past in order to predict possibly outcomes and to learn from the benefits of prior instances that can benefit society today.  

A majority of the general educational courses have been very beneficial for me today.  Psychology was a great building block to really take a step back and analyze a situation or an individual prior to making an assumption.  This course was useful for my leadership skills as it gets me to look at individuals and look for motivating factors and also what might have caused individuals to have specific behaviors.  This will help in coping with a variety of personalities.  American Government is another course which I was not fond off, but found it useful if life.  This provided me the knowledge to be focus on social and political issues that can affect my daily life and profession.  In relation to the U.S. Constitution it provided me content of individual rights and held an important foundation to rules and regulations.  Biology and Ecology helps me determine the importance of recycling and saving our world and environment.  This has also helped me pass on the importance to my son in boy scouts as various necessary tasks for his badges include helping the environment, recycling and being a humanitarian and visiting senior homes.  Ultimately, general education importance starts from a young age and is important to continue to learning as it is a lifelong process of growth.


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17.   Education is an accepted and necessary key factor within today’s global community. The continuous development of technology, the cost of living, the demands of society, government, and our regional communities are just a few of the many issues which depend on the strength of an educated populace. Many students, such as those in attendance at Ashford University, select specific career paths and are required to satisfy various course objectives which focus on their chosen field. These fields include disciplines such as Accounting, History, Business, Education, Health Care, Human Resources, and Marketing, to cite a few. Each of these disciplines also require the foundation of general education courses.

18.       As important as the classes which focus on the specific field are, general education courses are as necessary to help the student develop well-rounded skills. Dowd (2015) explains, “…multidisciplinary general education classes complement the specialized courses of your academic major by teaching fundamental skills. A well-rounded education gives you the tools to think creatively, adapt quickly and work effectively with others, which are skills needed in any field” (Education). Well-rounded skills are important not only for successful degree completion programs, but just as if not more important for life’s many challenges and demands. Courses in ethics and social responsibility, for example, may not be directly related to the specific demands of a degree in accounting or marketing. However, these more general courses supplement the selected degree program and implant an inter-relation of concepts, responsibilities, and expectations demanded by a sound work ethic.

19.       I recall from my own experience beginning at Ashford armed with a HS GED and a few credits from a community college. I had little to prepare for the demands of undergraduate work short of my own life experiences and motivation. My initial schedule contained general educational courses such as Adult Development, English Composition I & II as well as a computer introductory class. These general education courses not only assisted me in gaining a “comfort-zone” for college level work, but also gave me a foundation of skills which I would need to proceed later into my business courses. Seraphin (n.d.) agrees with the unprepared perspective when she writes, “…recent studies show that many incoming college freshmen are actually not ready for the rigor of college class work, underprepared by their high school courses in core subjects like science and math

20.       General education courses help to build the foundation for critical thinkers. They further develop a person’s communication skills, ability to conduct scholarly research, and become more conversant and knowledgeable of a wide range of topics, issues, and demands. These skills, certainly from a logical perspective, would have the tendency to make a person more marketable in the search for initial employment, and more capable in the workplace. Critical thinkers appear to possess greater cognitive abilities to reason, analyze, and conceptualize, all desirable workplace skills. Austin (2011) tells us that “We need scientists, lawyers, medical professionals, businesspeople, educators, law enforcement professionals, and others who have cultivated the skills of critical thinking and are familiar with some of the most important elements of human thought” (Article).

21.       My own degree focus is towards Business Administration. I have completed multiple courses related to this field, but have also completed an equal number of non-related courses to my major. Two classes which I took, English Composition I & II at first appeared to be useless. However, what I learned and re-learned from years past has served me well at work and in my volunteer activities in my community. Being able to communicate clearly both in speech and in writing has proven invaluable. My two classes in Algebra has improved my math skills at work and my introduction course to Computer Literacy has improved my workplace performance and sharpened my skills for online learning with Ashford. American National Government and the follow-on History classes has helped me to become a more informed and knowledgeable citizen which in turn helps me immensely as I work to understand the nature of social and government issues which we all face. Most importantly, the knowledge I have gained from these classes and others have enhanced my ability to help my 5-year-old son learn as he begins his own academic journey.

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