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Old 29-09-09, 07:40
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Out of curiosity, what do you think is the most overrated school subject. Please explain why.
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Old 29-09-09, 07:45
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Eng Lit

Why not just read the books? :-)

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Old 29-09-09, 07:47
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Maths. I have never once in my life had to utilise any of the stuff I was taught about logarithms, Pythagorus, algebra, ven diagrams, Pi, simulateous equations etc etc.

All that is needed for life is the ability to do mental arithmetic, and I think that's something far better learned by living in the community, going to shops etc, than in years spent in classrooms.
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Old 29-09-09, 08:09
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Disagree. I have had to use "Pythagorus, algebra, ven diagrams, Pi," at various stages, just "doing stuff" in business and life.

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Old 29-09-09, 08:12
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AND.... one of the reasons this government and the tabloid press can put so much shit over on the public is that Joe Public doesn't understand the maths of risk.

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Old 29-09-09, 10:35
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Home Economics. I have never used tacking stitches in my life. Never had the urge to make an apron or bake an apple in a case of cement pastry. I did want to do technical drawing and metalwork, but back in the enlightened days of the 1970s those subjects were for boys only.
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Old 29-09-09, 11:52
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For me, economics.

I dont think most subjects are pointless in themselves. They only become pointless if the people involved arent interested, or enthusiastic, and will take the first opportunity to ditch and never return.

The way that the various subjects are taught in school is another thing tho. Elitist and useless, most of it, and noone gets a very good grounding in anything, even the stuff they like, despite hours and hours for years in lessons.
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P.E. - in particular, games with sticks and hard balls. I could never see the point and used to bunk off to do Latin homework.
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English - all of it!

Children learn to communicate in their first language(s) almost effortlessly, and from what I've seen, if they're allowed to continue to develop this skill in the real world and in real situations, they do.

School, in many cases, interrupts or destroys this

I'm all for good teachers though - the ones that don't need captive audiences
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Modern Studies. Why not just read a newspaper and/or watch the news.

Do not, under any circumstances, invite some stupid politician into school to talk about 'democracy'.

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