Albert Einstein is presumed to be one of the largest historical sensations in terms of intelligence and success. He correctly hypothesized the famous "Theory of Relativity," and won the 1905 and 1921 Nobel Prize. Pretty extraordinary, am I right? Being the genius that he is known to be, you'd think he'd be the man to believe in education. However, he did not. At all. He famously stated: "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education!" I know. Positively shocking, and I could not agree more.
Modern day education systems neglect to take into consideration that there are a significant amount of students, and not all of them are similar. Personally, I am a more spiritual, creative mind. I don't work well with textbooks and standardized testing, which is what today's society promotes. The actual experience is what I remember.
Allow me to tell you something funny -- I could probably exemplify (in the form of a two column proof, if I may add) the reasoning behind the congruence of triangle A and triangle B, but I do not have the slightest idea as to how the tax system works. Don't even get me started on how to pay bills or how to buy a house.
And sure, I won't deny that there are topics that are essential to learn for our future. I'm just desperately waiting for someone to make me aware as to how stoichiometry will provide assistance to my future, especially if my truest desire is to be an artist. Additionally, some might argue that our parents should teach us basic life skills. For the most part, absolutely, your parents should help you with that regard. On the other hand, if I am going to spend 7+ hours at school (not including morning choir, which occurs 45 minutes before regular classes), should I not be learning these 'basic life skills' where I am spending that huge chunk of my day? There are only 24 hours in a day. And let us not forget that our parents have lives too, therefore they cannot spend every waking moment with their children, teaching them things our education system should be teaching us.
Regardless, I am packing up my world and leaving my humble home of 16 years in only 2 to attend college and I feel far from prepared to be independent. Maybe if school districts spent less time standardized testing and worrying about whether you got an A or an A+ and more time becoming more knowledgeable about life, we'd be far more independent and successful as humans rather than just getting through school and taking life day-by-day.