BurayanLV said[quote][cite]Wysiwyg60 said[/cite][quote][cite]MunchingZombie said[/cite]Oh, silly me. Here I thought schools were all about meeting a students needs. Turns out it is about the principle and the parents need to have their backwards values validated.
Students needs? Ha, I was busy trying to avoid the public school teacher's yardstick, or cramming for exams on subjects I would never use in the outside world.
If education was about teaching students what they need to know to cope with life, I could think of several subjects that should be taught but are not, like personal financial management, cooking (including a proper diet), and (god forbid) sex education.
Don't even get me started on the public education system.[/quote]
Yeah, financial management, cooking, etc., these are all good things for students to learn but seriously what purpose does it really fulfill in producing educated and literate(the key word)students. Teaching what is simply needed to cope with in life creates mediocre students, not the critical thinkers that are needed to build and lead our society.[/quote]
I would never suggest people don't need to become literate or educated, but the majority of people will never become critical thinkers or leaders in our society anyways. We send them out into the world with neither good basics in literacy and numeracy or practical life skills, so they are basically f**ked.