Published on Saturday, September 17, 2011 by Davis Downey
Out of all the useless classes we’re forced to take, math is the worst. I understand that in high school you don’t really know what you’re going to do when you graduate, so they compensate for that by throwing you into every possible class you might need.
I feel like there should be a limit to this. While I may not know which profession I want to pursue, I know for a fact that I won’t do anything math-related. I’m sure a lot of people have been in similar situations where they felt like thousands of hours of their life had been wasted by learning something they will never use in the future. No offense to math teachers, but there is no way I’m ever going to use that information.
The best way to fix this would be to implement a system similar to that of most colleges. Pick the classes that actually have something interesting, or relevant to your interests. In fact, I’m okay with basic math, science, history, and English classes being mandatory. I won’t deny their usefulness later in life. It’s when you get to classes like calculus and physics that math becomes a bit too much. It’s one thing to do math that you barely understand if you want to be an astrophysicist when you grow up, but if you’re going to be a doctor, quantum mechanics won’t exactly send you on your way.
In the school system’s defense, the necessity for mandatory classes is somewhat evident, considering how many students would opt out of as many things as they could. This is easily remedied because of one simple fact; if you don’t take enough classes, you don’t graduate. While this may sound similar to the system in place now, the major difference is that students could take exactly what they needed, while doing away with all the useless and redundant classes they are otherwise forced to take.