This debate is to discuss whether or not real life skills should be taught in school. Please refrain from using obscure language and mention websites, if possible. I suggest that everyone watches "Don't Stay In School" on YouTube before addressing the issue.
I find it saddening that society believes that students will not have natural curiosity. Most students will want to find out more about something, especially if they are not forced to learn it and are not forced to memorize pointless things that they don't want to learn.
I do not think that it will take 12 hours to learn these skills. We can spread it out through many years and its not that complicated to learn these things. Many teachers agree with this issue and want kids to be prepared for life.
I believe that these skills of x-=-b/2a should be kept even if you put in real life schools. Don't throw away whole subjects!! These are good skills, for scientists, they need to know cells, plant life, biology, they need to learn how to dissect animals, not learn about how much tax is. Trial and error is okay, look at the grownups nowadays, trial and error is what life is made up of.
Yes the quadratic formula is important for up and coming scientist , engineers, etc. But what about all of the other students who want to do something else? If we let academic classes become optional then people who want to learn about it will learn about it and will pursue in the career they want. Making real life skills mandatory will secure the fact that students will be prepared for life.
most kids don't know what they want to be yet. re they supposed to choose the science pathway when they are in kindergarten? If not, then who will, their parents? Their lives shouldn't be based upon their parents dreams. Yes we need to make our own choices, but if it's not mandatory then how will students grow up with knowledge? Yes, the classes would take up to at least 12 hours a day, but basically in 5 years you will be done with all you need to learn about real life, there's not a lot of information.