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The Education Secretary Told Teenagers Not To Study Humanities If They Want A Job

And people are quite upset.

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According to education secretary Nicky Morgan, teenagers should focus their studies on science and maths subjects to increase their likelihood of finding a job.

Good to know my degree is useless “Education Secretary: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/szwvff8CNE ”

Catriona Leonard@Treeny24Follow

Good to know my degree is useless “Education Secretary: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/szwvff8CNE ”

7:50 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Her argument is that while many think that STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – tend to lead to a specific career, the opposite is now the case, and the skills learned studying them "are useful for all kinds of jobs".

Students should therefore not assume humanities and arts "are the subjects that keep young people's options open".

Morgan said the UK was looking to hire 830,000 engineers over the next 10 years, and added: "All these engineers can't be men. If we want to make the most of half of our workforce, if we want to eliminate the gender pay gap and we want that same half of the workforce to succeed in jobs that boost our economy, we must make sure that teenage girls don't feel, and are certainly not told, that certain subjects are the preserve of men."

This prompted a pretty severe reaction from people who presumably either study, or studied, an arts or humanities degree.

No no no no no NO *restrains oneself from punching walls* http://t.co/GZNeTsfZ6w

Hannah Burley@hannahburleyFollow

No no no no no NO *restrains oneself from punching walls* http://t.co/GZNeTsfZ6w

10:18 AM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ermmmmm - what!! http://t.co/n0mUe7hG1y #geographyteacher

Rob Chambers@RobGeogFollow

Ermmmmm - what!! http://t.co/n0mUe7hG1y #geographyteacher

9:30 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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This is evil. http://t.co/GIyCmkNev3

Nicky- what IS this?! http://t.co/NHLXclZYI5

So severe in fact that a lot of people simply couldn't express themselves in full sentences.

sigh http://t.co/j2XpglUwDQ #NickyMorgan #wrongabouthearts

Laura Fuller@_Laura_FullerFollow

sigh http://t.co/j2XpglUwDQ #NickyMorgan #wrongabouthearts

10:57 AM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Argh. ARGH. http://t.co/8saZyxCP6r (via @SMCoulombeau, whose anger I very very much share)

Jessica Goodman@GoodmanJessFollow

Argh. ARGH. http://t.co/8saZyxCP6r (via @SMCoulombeau, whose anger I very very much share)

6:17 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

NOT COOL BRO MT@Independent: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/qOCLnbtMps

Millie Brierley@milliebrierleyFollow

NOT COOL BRO MT@Independent: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/qOCLnbtMps

6:11 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

One decided to use emoji.

<img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/1f44e.png"><img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/1f44e.png"><img src="https://abs.twimg.com/emoji/v1/72x72/1f44e.png"> http://t.co/eveCWp4gxD

Others just got a bit sweary.

“@Independent: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/42OiG8Wsik” for fuck's sake

Rhys@rhysrmannFollow

“@Independent: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/42OiG8Wsik” for fuck's sake

9:02 AM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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"If you want a job, drop humanities" Get tae fuck. http://t.co/azAIEKCaAo "

Kaity Hall@kaity_hallFollow

"If you want a job, drop humanities" Get tae fuck. http://t.co/azAIEKCaAo "

7:05 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

“@Independent: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/lllh9aqx2X ” Urm fuck off??

Sophie Milner@SophieeMilnerFollow

“@Independent: Education Secretary Nicky Morgan tells teenagers: If you want a job, drop humanities http://t.co/lllh9aqx2X ” Urm fuck off??

7:03 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And another pointed out that some might classify Morgan's degree, an alternative version of law, as a humanities subject.

Nicky Morgan's own degree, jurisprudence, could easily be classed as "humanities" btw.

Martin Paul Eve@martin_eveFollow

Nicky Morgan's own degree, jurisprudence, could easily be classed as "humanities" btw.

6:13 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some pointed out that there were problems with her argument.

Utter crass stupidity of a Minister at @educationgovuk ignoring evidence & advising students NOT to study Humanities. http://t.co/5ZlD6hLNtA

bobdigby@bobdigbyFollow

Utter crass stupidity of a Minister at @educationgovuk ignoring evidence & advising students NOT to study Humanities. http://t.co/5ZlD6hLNtA

9:03 AM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I think Nicky Morgan is right. A degree in engineering would be equally good for a whole host of jobs. Like...engineering...er...and...um…

Ian Clark@ijclarkFollow

I think Nicky Morgan is right. A degree in engineering would be equally good for a whole host of jobs. Like...engineering...er...and...um…

7:10 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Such as the fact that the prime minister got his undergraduate degree in politics, philosophy, and economics.

@David_Cameron How do you feel about the fact your education minister thinks your arts degree is useless and a hindrance?

Kat Dibbits@katdibbitsFollow

@David_Cameron How do you feel about the fact your education minister thinks your arts degree is useless and a hindrance?

10:01 AM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And as some people channelled every arts student...

Oh dear. Well I'm going to be unemployed then aren't I. http://t.co/7UqKWdvnoe

Ellie Monaghan@elliemonaghanFollow

Oh dear. Well I'm going to be unemployed then aren't I. http://t.co/7UqKWdvnoe

10:52 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

http://t.co/zG58yHpMB6 Nicky Morgan, you're drunk. Go home.

Itay Lotem@ILotemFollow

http://t.co/zG58yHpMB6 Nicky Morgan, you're drunk. Go home.

9:56 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

...and others repeated the words of every chemistry teacher...

I remember my chemistry teacher telling me that the arts and humanities were 'wishy-washy' subjects. I ignored him. http://t.co/Ff6GQ5FKEN

Sarah Klymkiw@wear_whenFollow

I remember my chemistry teacher telling me that the arts and humanities were 'wishy-washy' subjects. I ignored him. http://t.co/Ff6GQ5FKEN

11:15 PM - 10 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

...our favourite response was probably this very British reply to the whole situation.

Ed Sec, tells teenagers to stay away from humanities if they want a job. As a BA grad, I feel slightly insulted! http://t.co/yzANpwbmWQ

Sabbiyah Pervez@sabbiyahFollow

Ed Sec, tells teenagers to stay away from humanities if they want a job. As a BA grad, I feel slightly insulted!

http://t.co/yzANpwbmWQ

6:09 AM - 11 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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