I'm getting fed up with listening to highschoolers complain alternately about how hard school is or how it's so easy it's boring.
We go to school to learn, to gain a USEFUL education to help us succeed in life. That's great. That's wonderful. Please tell me though, who exactly uses calculus on a daily basis except for those people in a math heavy field? Or chemistry? What about the students that excel in shop or automotive but cant tell Shakespear from Peanuts? The computer nuts that cant tell you what they ate for breakfast much less when this or that war happened, but can ramble off strings of code like they think in binary?
There was a time when teenagers were expected to work. When they had to work. Now everything is so standardized, the bar has been lowered so much, that Americas teens are stagnating before they ever hit college.
They're pampered and spoiled. They learn a bunch of useless crap, relearn it again in college and then finally, after so many pointless classes, after more than half have dropped out do to lack of interest, finally they get to learn what they were interested in in the first place.
I understand getting the basics down, but honestly theres such a thing as too much foundation. Eventually all you have is a little shack of specialization stranded in the middle of a giant empty parking lot of useless knowledge.
Im calling for career specialized classes at the highschool level, free to the public like it ought to be!