25 October 2017
How many people actually know how to change a tire on their car? “Forty-two percent of people said they felt confident that they could change a flat tire, seventeen percent claimed they were somewhat confident, nineteen percent said they were not very confident, and twenty-one percent stated they were “clueless” (NBC NEWS). About sixty percent of people in America do not know how to change their own car tire, instead they pay others to do it for them. If they were taught this simple life skill when they were in school it could have saved them more money. Schools teach kids music, poetry, and colors. Will these useless subjects help you in life? We need to change the curriculum. Stop teaching things that will not help us and start teaching useful topics.
“I cannot think of any good reason for the entirety of the fourth grade to have access to one of the most annoying instruments known to man” (The Odyssey Online). In elementary, we were taught how to play the recorder. We were rewarded every time a song was mastered. Instead of learning something that has no beneficial outcome, why do they not teach us how to repair a car. Elementary may be too young to teach this, but it should be taught at some point while students are in school. Since when did playing a recorder get us anywhere? Does knowing how to play “the most annoying instruments known to man” help you change a tire? Simple life skills like changing the oil or tire on a car are more beneficial than knowing how to play “hot cross buns” on the recorder. “Repairs and maintenance are inevitable for anyone who drives a vehicle for any reasonable length of time, and as such it would be helpful if these skills were taught to students” (Successful Student). Knowing how to repair parts on your car will save you money as well as help you become more knowledgeable.
How does poetry help us in life? Does it help? “Writing it, and analyzing it. What I’ve learned is that learning to write poetry is near impossible – at least not good poetry. And, analyzing it is a waste of time” (Useless Things we Learned in school). Knowing how to write and analyze poetry has no use once we are out of high school. Analyzing a poem has never put food on the table, but being taught basic food skills will do that. Schools should teach us how to prepare healthy meals instead of teaching us how to write poems that will be forgotten by the next class. “Learning how to cook and how to handle household duties are gone with the era of...