Your Niche - Why only One?

Your Niche - Why only One?

By Knowledgefruit | KnowledgeFruit | 23 Mar 2021


In his late journals Einstein wrote: "If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think of music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music... I get most joy in life out of music."

This is the same scientist who is recognised for his great work in the field of Physics.

Normally, people would say, music and physics are two different subjects that are miles apart, but on what basis do we call them different? If everything is connected to each other, why have we segregated subjects?

Is there really any difference, why are we studying things differently? Nothing happens in isolation, so why are we studying things differently?

If we look closely at the interest areas of famous scientists, we will find out how diverse their interest areas were. Here are a few examples;

-- Isac Newton:

Physics
Natural philosophy
Alchemy
Theology
Mathematics
Astronomy
Economics

-- Archimedes:

Mathematics
Physics
Engineering
Astronomy

-- Galileo:

Astronomy
Physics
Engineering
Natural philosophy
Mathematics

-- Charles Darwin:

Natural history
Geology

-- Michael Faraday:

Physics
Chemistry

-- Einstein:

Physics
Philosophy


But, our education system is designed in such a manner that the higher we move up( degree-wise), the narrower the option to choose from. As we go for higher studies, we are asked to choose a particular niche, why can't we choose two or three things to work upon? Why only one?

We must give more flexibility to the learners to choose what interests them not force them with the curriculum. The curriculum teaches us Biology and Mathematics separately, what if someone wants to do study it together? We must support our students for having varied interest areas, not force them to choose one over others.

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