According to education secretary Nicky Morgan, teenagers should focus their studies on science and maths subjects to increase their likelihood of finding a job.
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.
So severe in fact that a lot of people simply couldn't express themselves in full sentences.
One decided to use emoji.
Others just got a bit sweary.
And another pointed out that some might classify Morgan's degree, an alternative version of law, as a humanities subject.
Some pointed out that there were problems with her argument.
Such as the fact that the prime minister got his undergraduate degree in politics, philosophy, and economics.
And as some people channelled every arts student...
...and others repeated the words of every chemistry teacher...
...our favourite response was probably this very British reply to the whole situation.
Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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