• Yes

  • No

83% 24 votes
17% 5 votes
  • Don't teach kids useless facts about ancient egypt and pythagorean theorems; teach them how to pay taxes, buy a car, and creativity. Along with many other things they should be teaching you for life, not busy work.

  • The system is too lax and teaches people a lot of useless crap.

    Posted by: SNP1
  • school teaches us WHAT to think not HOW to think :/

  • I think that this is very true. The things they teach us in school, most of us will probably not use. But at the same time, you need math and reading and science alot so...I don't know.

  • Schools are not the most effective way to educate all children.

  • No one wanted to teach a dyslexic kid. So they passed me on. I'd say the school system has failed me horridly.

  • Because it has and it doesn't have very good education

    Posted by: NYJAXZ
  • i think ya'll just hate school. school is a place of learning from the past and not making the same mistakes as our ancestors. If one takes a statistics class or a home mec class they will learn how to balance a check book and manage your money. Tax booklets will straight forward tell you how to fill out a 1040. i was able to do mine correctly, and if i can do it ya'll can do it.

    Posted by: akreke
  • There is no reason that it has. It teaches important things. If school stopped teaching of ancient Egypt, kids wanting to go into history would be screwed over. If schools stopped teaching the Pythagorean theorum, then kids planning on going into math majors would be screwed. Without school, we would not have telephones, history books, cars, ipods, or lots of other things. Without people knowing how to do programing (which is taught in school but often requires mathematical knowledge) many things today would not be available. I am not a big fan of school. In fact, I really don't like school at all but I acknowledge its importance.

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BradK says2014-05-01T12:12:15.1117549-05:00
Pythagorean theorem is not useless, it's useful to understand imaginary numbers or geometry both of which are fairly integrated within the field of engineering or physics. Facts about ancient egypt might be useless, but studying history is very important because we have to be able to understand our past to understand how and why we are here and do the things we do. You can't live in the vacuum of the present. Paying taxes is not something that should really be taught in school. Rather, teach children math, algebra, finance, and economics and they will understand taxes better than if you straight up showed them a form and said "lets practice filling this out". I agree with your pick discomfiting, but i disagree with most of your reasons why. My opinion of why school has failed us is based on the fact that creativity isn't taught. The paradigm is "lets teach kids to be robots and prepare them for working manual labor in an office or wherever". No, let's teach kids how to design robots so they don't have to do manual labor at all.
discomfiting says2014-05-01T12:26:06.2144185-05:00
Pythagorean theorem in everyday life is useless for the majority of people. I most likely will never use it in my life ever. My dad doesn't use half of the stuff my trigonometry or geometry teacher has us do and he's a businessman that deals with mathematics all day. I'm going to be a zoologist, I will never need to know why Usimare Ramesses III was assassinated and I will never need to know half of the stuff I've been taught. It's nothing more than busy work. Also! In my school, we spent like 6 years, each grade discussing WW2, the same old thing nothing new just the same thing repeated over and over again. Nobody explained us why ww2 started, what ww1 was about, what the cold war was, vietnam war, korean war, or anything. A lot it is just busy work that kids will forget in a week and never use. And if they do need to use something factual, in the real world, we have books, the internet, it's not all lost and you need to know everything by heart. The public school I went to didn't even have a financial class to learn about finance and economics.
BradK says2014-05-01T15:02:34.9010479-05:00
@discomfiting I think I see what's going on here, there are a few things that I learned that were very important to me and my university program, but they aren't important for you. Maybe there are things I learned in school that I will never used but they would be very important to you. I say forget about that, not everything is going to be necessary for everyone to learn. We have the ability to tailor each kid's education to what interests them and what doesn't. But also there are things that we need to force kids to learn, as long as we explain to them why it's necessary. --- But I say forget about all that, the guts of what you are getting at seem to be that you think school fills up kids heads with crap. I've heard teachers say "I remember learning this 20 years ago and never needed it once, so don't worry about learning it too much". I think we are in mutual agreement that we would respond to that like this: "why even learn the crap in the first place. Cut out the stupid tradition".
Lt.Harris says2014-05-05T16:59:15.2111779-05:00
@BradK I agree with some of that. See, schools don't fill your heads with crap. They cannot tailor to every single student. There are simply not enough teachers. Thus, they teach basics that will allow you to go into any field you want if you so choose to do so and continue through college. They are trying to make it so everybody has as many doors open to them as possible. And schools do allow flexibility. As I will be having a free period next year, I will be taking an engineering class. One of the schools I looked at had an entire shop for aspiring car mechanics, a shop for welding, a shop for painting cars, a shop for building robots. Things that can be taken into every day life. Sure some things not everyone will use but they try and open as many doors as they possible can without hiring a teach for every 5 students who want to go into an extremely specific area.

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