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    Do you learn anything?

    Schools are there so that we can learn, but do you really learn anything from them? Most students simply try to cram five pages of information in their brains before a test and then completely forget it afterwards, that's why schools normally spend half the year just reviewing what you "learned" the year the before (my school does it, don't know about the rest).

    So far, I haven't really remembered anything that I saw in school, that might just be my short term memory loss kicking in though. But it seems to me that no one else really learns anything either. So far the only thing I remember how to do from school is wield, draw, write, spell and fill out checks. The most prominent of my skills being in writing and spelling, I don't remember any math, history, or science except the basics that you learn in 8-9 grade (I know allot of history, but I didn't learn it in school). Not even what we were doing last week . And I see this happening with allot of other people too. I've learned far more watching the History Channel, Discovery Channel, books and movies out of school than I have in school, which I find very odd.

    So do you really learn anything in school? Not the population in general, but you specificaly. And if you don't learn in school where do you get most of your knowledge from?
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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Well reading and writing counts, so yes....I learned that at school.

    While I despise math, I do know it, and can perform everyday tasks with it. Looking back I did find that we were taught things in school that while being told were 'useful' and 'needed to know if we wanted to succeed in life,' some of it certainly has been useless afterwards.

    It really depends on where you go in life after you're finished school. The only person I know who uses ANY math that is close to a grade 11 level is my friend who is an electrician. Everyone else I went to school with functions with simple math. But while I was going to school, we were told math 11 was an extremely important class if we wanted to make it anywhere. I have not used a single formula from math 11 since graduating. No one I know has, and the only jobs I know that require that math are specialized jobs.

    The only class I found that is extremely important in functioning outside of school is English, plain and simple. Being able to read and write is invaluable.

    You won't remember everything you're taught in school. You're not supposed to. Everything they teach is simply supposed to be groundwork so that you have some background information once leaving school.

    In social studies we learned about mesopotamia and the babylonians and stuff. Does this really help me? No....but it gives me an idea on what came before me.

    In all honesty, going through school is simply going through the motions. You're not supposed to remember every single thing you're taught, but it just lays groundwork. They pump you through school teaching everyone the same standard of education, and what they deem to be necessary. Some of it you need, some of it you don't, but it creates a decent enough framework to hopefully let kids succeed outside of school.

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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Like what chubzsaid everything your taught in school is supposed to be a background for whatever you decided to do out of school.

    Everything (maybe except for some maths formulas) I learnt in my senior years of school I have used since leaving school - but then again i'm studying at Uni. Not to say that I remember everything ( I wish I did though - it would make studying now a whole heap easier!)

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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Knowledge comes from all sorts of media like books and the tv and magazines.School is developed to produce people to specialise in a certain area,ie if you want to be a chef,then you must study Food Technology.This is so it provides for the society in different aspects and allows it to flourish.That is what i think the purpose of school is.

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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Yea, you're right there Chubz. While some people don't learn much, it does help to develop good working habits and thought process. Maybe they even know that 2/3 of the stuff they teach us will go to waste, but their goal is to just make us more effecient when it comes to getting things done. But I would like to see more classes on how to handle yourself financially, psychologically and biologically. You see allot of people with mental problems, weight/health problems and financial problems now more than ever in America so I think schools should concentrate more on that. I do see some classes that cover this, but I think they need to teach it earlier, longer and more rigurously.
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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chubz View Post
    You won't remember everything you're taught in school. You're not supposed to. Everything they teach is simply supposed to be groundwork so that you have some background information once leaving school.
    I totally agree... but is the background info useful to u?

    If I don't use something I learned often... I wont remember anything...
    I'm good with equations and stuff... and I kinda like math... so I remember that... but wut about the stuff you don't like? of example... me + chemistry = I was supposed to learn some long names, one week later... I didn't even remembered the first letter of the name...

    so yeah the school system is kinda messed up... teaching you stuff you don't want to learn, you don't like and that you wont use in your life... for example: my dad is an architect, he loves his job... so hes all math... but they taught him biology while he was in school... when the F*** is he gonna use biology?

    I mean, I wanna work with computers... systems, programing, something related with computers... if I can game programing... now tell me when the F*** am I gonna need biology, chemistry, history(altho I kinda like history)?

    so in conclusion... you do learn stuff, but doe to the lac of use... it slowly fades away... is stored as "background" info for the future, for when you need it... but tell me... is this background info useful to you? will u use it in your life? wuts the point of learning all this stuff if you know your not gonna remember it one week later and you'll prolly never going to use in your life?
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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by jaam0927 View Post

    I mean, I wanna work with computers... systems, programing, something related with computers... if I can game programing... now tell me when the F*** am I gonna need biology, chemistry, history(altho I kinda like history)?
    Lol i like computers too. In fact, i am taking Multimedia and Web Technolgies at school. This class is pretty awesome kool because you can learn how to use programs such as QuarkXpress, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and some others. You'll need biology, chemistry and history once you decide what career you want to pursuit once in college.

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    Re: Do you learn anything?

    Learn from school? I guess I would have to say at the beginning I did with all the basics such as the ones mentioned like reading and writing. After I got those down I pretty much taught myself. I was never able to learn in a school environment. I know many people who can't as well.

    I think the traditional methods of teaching are becoming obsolete. Children these days don't learn from sitting down at a desk all day. They learn from TV and video games and life experiences. Its also the reason why alot people drop out or look for alternatives. Maybe if teachers changed their methods, students would learn more.

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