I get so angry when people say that advanced science, mathematics, and literature shouldn't be taught in favor of "practical" courses. If even 1% of people are decide to pursue advanced fields, it will result in more intellectual and societal progress than all the vocational education and tax instruction in the world.
@Italian Mobster, Except that doesn't apply to this comic.
@Italian Mobster, It sucks however when you come out of collage with a 4 year degree in mathematics but don't have the slightest idea what a morgage is or how insurance works.
@Italian Mobster, they've been teaching that stuff since the 90s, not too many people are becoming scientists or mathematicians. Besides, for stuff like that it's really the college you go to that matters, so teaching that stuff instead of stuff that's practical to most people is pretty much a waste of time.
@Italian Mobster, I'm not disagreeing that those things are important, but as someone who took all Advanced Placement classes in high school and recently fast tracked through an engineering degree I can tell you that the real world is tough and I could've really used some practical classes on how to survive it as well.
@Italian Mobster, I don't know anyone who argue against teaching higher level classes, but vocational classes are important to everyone who doesn't want to go to college, and even a lot of people who do
The goal of a vocational course is to present students with more of what a person might see when dealing with businesses and people
and at my high school classes like clinical rotations and FFA I really have learned a ton about careers, which is almost always better for families in poverty than just a job
@How is the Whether, I'm not arguing against the importance of vocational training, just that in the grand scheme of things, advanced education will be the thing driving society forward.
@King Cock It would be irresponsible to save advanced topics for college, and unfair to the most intellectually gifted students. Why waste time in the college classroom explaining for instance covalently bonded carbon based molecules when that could be explained in high school AP chemistry and they can learn how to apply that knowledge base in college, learning how to synthesize materials from those molecules instead.
@Italian Mobster, yeah, I agree kids should be able to take it if they feel they're up for it, but to have kids' grades suffer because they don't comprehend these large, complex equations is just dumb. I mean even the kid's I know who got straight A's said they can't remember any of it because they only cared about it so they could get an A, and now that they're out of high school and no longer taking math classes they can't remember any of it because school was the only place they needed it. I mean, making kids take harder subjects in school is nice in theory, but if they don't have the passion for it it's useless.
@King Cock, I remember having to take an advanced math class freshman year and the first month I has to go tell my counselor to get me the heck out of that class before I failed it. Not being able to do the homework combined with a cruddy teacher that wouldn't answer questions made it a terrible class.
@King Cock, sure, but everyone must have the opportunity for taking these classes presented to them. There's only so much time in the day and money available for education unfortunately.
@Italian Mobster, but they shouldn't be forced into something they don't care about and have it ruin their progress in everything else. I mean you don't force an engineer to be a doctor, and then treat them like an idiot when they can't figure out how to cure someone, because obviously the engineer has more of an interest in designing and building instead of anatomy and diseases so he's not going to do well there. Yet as kids you're expected to both love and strive to be more proficient at everything, and if you can't the school system will treat you like like a windowlicker for struggling with it.
@Italian Mobster, I think the primary issue with every level of mathematics is supplying information to students without demonstrating demand. That's why it's perceived as impractical more often than not. I'm too lazy to spew credentials primarily because I'm cool with not measuring proverbial penis' but if you provide your audience with something they desire then they are often more than willing to take the steps required. If you don't sell them on learning a skill that can help them achieve the goals they want for themselves then they won't care.
I can explain America in a different way: Freedom, Beer, Bjtchs, and hella rad Fireworks.
@JTdaawesome, fireworks are illegal in my state :(
@SovietCanada, Is that even a state? Not much freedom...
@JTdaawesome, in quite a few states fireworks are illegal.
@SovietCanada, Mine too, but that doesn't stop me ;)
@JTdaawesome, you forgot Eagles.
@Rowule, That falls under Freedom.
@Rowule, came here to say this
@JTdaawesome, you forgot God, guns, and cars
@The lazy Engineer , All of that also falls under Freedom. It's obvious you need to do some research, get a keg and chug till you can't handstand on it anymore, instantly flip off and grab out the closest dollar bill and summon George Washington (Of course using some Freedom power in the contents of the keg) and ask him for all the info he can give.
Dang this comic went there.
Many people are taught advanced courses who still do all of these things. It's not about a person having the knowledge, it's about the choices they decide to make. It's also not limited to America.
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