Warning! Rant ahead.
When I look back at my days in high-school, I can’t not feel like I was cheated.
Can someone tell me why, on earth, did I spend so many years trying to master Algebra? I wasn’t gently introduced to the concept, it wan’t given to me as a nice option to choose if I’m interested in expanding my horizons.
I was forced to study this subject for years, all while being convinced that math is the most important subject I need to learn, and that the grades for the subject are the most important things in my life.
Not computers, website building, entrepreneurial skills, the concepts of starting a business, programming or anything similar. Algebra! And Trigonometry and other useless skills were shoved down my throat in the guise of an all important info, without which my life would be almost impossible to handle.
Guess when was the next time I ever touched anything remotely similar to Algebra or Trigonometry? Never.
Math was extremely hard for me. When I finally managed so somehow pass my final year with less than decent, but not failing, grades in math, I was breathing heavily as if after a 10k race and looked around me, wondering “Ok, I did it! Now what?” And the world was like “Oh, don’ t worry about it. We didn’t really need you to know these things, just wanted to stress you out for 4 years. Have fun!”
Can you imagine what I could have accomplished if I spend my time and energy studying something that is not only interesting to me personally, but also relevant in the real world? Can you imagine what would it be like if I studied email marketing instead of Algebra? Animation instead of Trigonometry? Examining business skills instead of solving equations?
The school system appeared to have been doing anything in their power to narrow my world view instead of expanding it, and for that I’ll always resent it.
Now, luckily, I learned the important lesson that it’s up to me to learn the important things in life. This is true for whatever you’re studying in college too. If I only restricted my education to what was learned in my classroom, my animation skill would have been much worst, and I would have never built a business around it.
Quick clarification before you go
If the things I said enraged you, I just want to make my point clear, to make sure you don’t misconstrue it.
I’m not saying that studying math is unnecessary. I’m not even saying studying advanced math is unnecessary. I’m only saying that these advanced subject should be given as a choice for those interested in perhaps pursuing that subject as a career, instead of blindly pushing it to every student, regardless of their natural inclination. Just like art, film or biology.
What do you think about this issue? Do you disagree? Please tell me why in the comments.