Learning about mythology in schools is becoming increasing popular all over the world, but many consider it to be unnecessary; a waste of time. Personally I do not believe that mythology is useless, as it really gives us an insight into cultures from many different nations. A lot of the stories they tell, clothes they wear, and manners by which they live their lives are greatly influenced by mythology.
Mythology not only gives us an insight into general culture, but art, theatre and music as well. Mythology is deeply embedded in thousands of different cultures, and I believe that not learning about it in schools would be a definite loss.
I assume you talk about teachings in public schools? Really why teach kids things irrelevant to the life they are living. better teaching them about something that actually matters. You think it gives insight to different cultures? There are plenty of other things to tell you about different countries(example: learning about the ACTUAL country itself). Its a waste of time that could be spent on teaching kids something that actually matters( math, social studies, science, language). Mythology is a waste of time as is learning about religion.
Thank you for your input. I would just like to rebut your point on the fact that mythology is "irrelevant to the life they are living". So many things we live and and see everyday are because of mythology. For example, the Amazon river is named after a race of warrior women, and anyone studying geography is often required to know why places, rivers or mountains got their names.
On a social level, not knowing how certain things such as the Olympics, Nike, all the planets, the stars and even the continents all got their names will undoubtably make you seem ignorant.
As you can see, mythology is around us everyday, even when you may not even realise it. Valentine's day is coming up, and a character from Roman mythology is sure to be hanging in the windows of shops and on greeting cards!