I may pay my subscription every month, but I don't lose sight of the fact that the other 4/9/24/39 people I'm grouped with pay too.
Rather than removing advanced subjects from school we should simply remove stupid people. I completely agree with the OP that the morons are never going to need to know advanced mathematics, we should simply send them off to a glorified crèche where they learn how to cook and whatnot. Then the intelligent ones amongst us can continue our education without mouth-breathers clogging up the system. It's win-win.
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Instead of casting off and stigmatizing those who do weak in school, we should do something about it and give everyone the best education they need to succeed in their field of interest.
Get rid of 'Mickey Mouse subjects' (as my dad called them) such as Home Economics, Sociology. Citizenship, Textiles (fucking textiles, they actually offered that at my high school), drama, religious studies and art.
Most of what you learn in school is a waste. You don't need calculus, literature, most of anything else in day to day life. The guy who builds your roads, homes, hospitals, etc doesn't need this knowledge. If he knows it, it's trivia.
But then you end up doing what China is effectively doing, which is using a shoddy test to determine what a kid is best at...when he's pre-pubescent and doesn't even know what he's best at himself. You close doors.
School sucks, is mostly a waste but I don't know, for a lot of parents, it's just daycare anyway. It's social education as well. Not sure what else you can do.
No, it's not about learning how to apply knowledge, especially if you have no interest in the subject of matter. It's about learning more about the things you're interested in. If you read my earlier posts (which I'm now starting to doubt that you did..), you would have seen that I talked about introduction courses to all the subjects á 4 weeks pr. subject on different levels. That way you can see if you're interested in having the subjects on a more advanced level or not - if you don't then you can pick something else.
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I'd find someone that never uses advanced math or basic chemistry to be a pretty uninteresting person. Even if you never use it for your career, at some point, something's going to come up in conversation where it's handy to know some chemistry, or you'll read something where you'll be glad to know some basic statistics, and so on and so forth. I guess some people are so deliberately ignorant that they don't feel like they ever need to know anything, but I have no desire to be around those people.
And also I'm kinda sad that no one noticed my absolutely horrible science puns in my last post.
Last edited by Laize; 2013-04-30 at 12:37 PM.
first of all teaching people only what they need in order to do their job is a recipe for making idiots in mass scale
secondly how exactly do you brand a subject useless? if chemistry is useless than anything that has to do with wow is beyond useless for instance
you read MMO forums you play wow and you find chemistry useless? do you even realise how much of the comforts you have are only there because of chemistry? your keyboard is plastic isn't it?
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