Subjects in school

18 06 2008

A conversation with cityhermit spark this thought: Who decided that we should be taking subjects like Maths, English, History, Geography, Art and Craft, Physics, Chemistry  etc in school?

Talking about the value of the information that we had to learn in school, be tested on. How did all these apply to real life, and would we ever get value from all those that we had to memorize just to get through the exams?

Why don’t we learn applicable and useful information that would help us cope in real life?  Some topics that we thought about:

– Personal Finances and Budget planning
– Human relationship: how to work with people effectively
– How to find your purpose in life
– Staying motivated
– How to change light bulbs and simple repairs at home
– Stress management

Like Literature, how many of us really know how to use Shakespeare’s English? How many of us use differentiation and integration at work? Even so, how many of us apply the information we get from History or geography and apply it in real life?

How did we cope with studying 8 subjects in the same year and pass the exams?

Should someone be looking at revamping the education system??

Questions questions…something worth pondering



2 responses

18 06 2008

I think that experiences are the best way to teach the 8 topics you mention above. At my high school, we had seminars on stress reduction, motivation, etc – but I learned a whole lot more from my life experiences:

– Having my GPA drop a full point after transferring to a harder school and then having to overload courses to make up the difference

– Balancing an overloaded schedule, multiple sports teams, leadership positions in clubs, and my personal life

– Going to college and taking a variety of courses in the first year so that I could find what excited me

Someone can learn how to do simple repairs by googling the terms ‘how to simple repairs’ or ‘DIY simple repairs’ – it just takes a decent reading level and basic motor skills. I don’t think we should dedicate time to that in the classroom when there are other subjects. The only thing on your list that I agree with is personal finance – that information should be rolled into existing math and econ classes. It’s different than home repairs because the information is lacking or contradictory. There are more firms trying to sell their point of view on finances than people trying to sell their light bulb techniques.

19 06 2008

educator: Thanks for your comment. I agree that experiences is one of the best ways to learn. School’s a place where students should be encouraged to try a variety of courses, however, with a high emphasis on the grades, many may choose the “safe” or “easy” subjects, not what they may learn from that course.

I feel that personal finance is more than the maths, also the values and thoughts behind money. Learning how to sieve through the myraid of information and find what would work for you is something that should be done earlier rather than later.

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