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Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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FEATUREs Lucca Kemp Is what students learn in the classroom what they need to succeed in life? The Importance of a Proper Education W e learn in school, this is true. But the questions we are asked are questions like "What is an index fossil?" or "How do you find standard form of a qua- dratic equation using a calculator?" when what should really be being asked are questions like "How do you do your taxes?" or "How would you make sure you were financially secure while starting a business?" As students, we aren't supposed to ques- tion what we're being taught because we're the unknowledgeable ones, and the adults know best. Of course we will need to know why Kansas was called "bleeding Kansas" while finding a part-time job. Of course we will need to know what Rosalind meant when she said that she was "wrestling with her emotions" when raising our children. This is what I'm talking about. We are taught the most pointless information instead of what could be the most useful. Yes, you can learn how to do taxes or take care of children by taking certain electives or extracurricular activities, but why is the amount of food an average slave was fed on a plantation during the 1800's more important? The simple answer is; it's not. Most of the blame goes to school system, who decided that learning about parabolas was more impor- tant than learning about supporting a family or finding a career that's right for you. It's true that some of the blame goes to the students, for not paying attention during class. But that is not a cause of improper education, it is a result. Some of the blame also goes to George Bush's "no child left behind" policy. Let's just accept that at some point the people at the top made some mis- takes and now the children of our country, the future of our country, S chool is where students go to learn, but what is it exactly that they're learning? I am a mid- dle school student and I have hands-on ex- perience with the type of "learning" that goes on during the school day. There are many students that struggle with topics or don't do work. The curric- ulum isn't right for young minds, because it molds them into being unprepared. It is only later in life, after you finish high school and college, that you have learned enough to get a job, and even then it can be hard. The main point of this article is that what students are taught in their early school years is not what they need to be taught. FEATURES 20 Y A L S » Y o u n g A d u L t L i b r A r Y S e r v i c e S » f A L L 2 0 1 6

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