We had a thing called “Techniques of Expression” which was drama, music, bits of art (not the good bits), some civics. They always set us up to fail and I hated that.
They’d set homework like “Read this (famous) play. Now write one like that. You have two hours to write it. Perform it in from of the class.” That’s insane: whatever we did in two hours would be total rubbish compared to the famous play we were copying and it would *hurt* to do something that bad.
This, I think is relevant to engineering (so: good question, well asked!): engineers are people who like making things that are good and hate making rubbishy things. Somebody who actually likes making rubbish isn’t, spiritually, an engineer.
Hmm… I’m not sure. I wasn’t a huge fan of French classes (regrettably) and I wasn’t very good in expressive classes; art, music and drama. I wish that, whilst at school, I paid more attention in these classes. One of my biggest regrets at school was never learning to play an instrument.