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Re: Fishing License

On Thu, 11 May 2006, Thomas Cameron wrote:

> Tim wrote:
> > On Thu, 2006-05-11 at 14:52 -0300, Jacques B. wrote:
> >   
> >> It's unreasonable to expect parents to have access to PowerPoint for
> >> school projects.
> >>     
> >
> > It, homework, is pointless anyway.  I work in electronics, I highly
> > technical field.  I've never needed anything I was taught at high school
> > beyond basic maths in the first couple years, and the same applies for
> > most people that I know in a wide variety of jobs.  All those nightly
> > hours of grief were a complete waste of my time.  If I knew then what I
> > knew now, I would have coasted school.  I would have flatly refused to
> > waste my time with pointless rubbish, insisted that they constrain
> > themselves to teaching things that were genuinely useful, and flatly
> > refused to co-operate with any punishments meted out.  Even when I
> > worked in schools I realised it was a pointless place for most people.
> That has got to be the dumbest argument I have ever heard in my life.
> The academic load at school is not just to teach you the fundamentals, 
> the core bits of knowledge about mathematics or sentence structure or 
> turning wood on a lathe.  The academic mix is to teach you about pooling 
> knowledge, to be able to associate dissimilar knowledge sets, to 
> (hopefully) think critically.
> Learning, say, geometry might not *seem* to help you directly in your 
> job, but every time you want to cut a board or navigate a curve in a 
> car, you will be more likely to be successful if you understand the 
> concepts of measuring and calculating the curves and angles.
> School is about learning to think, not silos of knowledge.  I am 
> appalled that no one ever taught you that.

Sadly, in my humble experience, the simple majority of people take school 
as only training for their future job. 

If you think Education is expensive
Try Ignorance
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