Don’t get me wrong we learn quite a lot in our thirteen plus years of schooling, but in my opinion, some of the things we learn are pretty much pointless, it’s stuff that isn’t going to help most us outside of school. For example, most things we learn in math unless you are going to become a math teacher or another mostly math involved career you are not going to use things like Pythagorean’s theorem, or how to find the slope of a line. Knowing that Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell isn’t going to get me that far in my career unless I’m becoming a doctor or biologist. I think that things that would further a career should be taught in college, where you should be learning things that will actually help you in high school. In elementary school and middle school things like basic math and science and how to read and write proper papers and our country’s history should be taught. In high school, I think that yes they should still teach us the basic things, but they should teach us things that we all can take with us and use in any situation in life. things like how to change a tire or oil in your car. How to sew a button, hem pants and use an iron. How to balance a checkbook, pay bills, buy a house, take out a loan, and get yourself out of debt. How to eat healthily and not gain the freshman 15, How to support yourself when you move out, how to keep a job. And if you were to ever wander into a voting booth one day what you are to do. But most importantly, what I think should be taught is how to respect yourself, and your goals, and to not put yourself down.
I do appreciate the education that I get, and understand that not everyone has the access to an almost free education. I just wish that some of the things they teach us in school were more directed at making us a better person and teaching us how to live in the world, then how to find the chemical equation of a substance or how to find the slope of a line.