Why General Education Classes Are Useless

5 Reasons Why General Education Classes Are Generally Asinine

You know this to be true.

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I may be a whiny college student, but at least I'm a whiny college student with valid points!

They're superfluous! 

I can't wait until I'm a teacher, teaching English, going over "A Tale of Two Cities," with my classroom, when all of a sudden little Jimmy raises his hand and asks me about the differences between geological forms and faults. I can rest assured knowing that I took college Earth Science and can answer his question without hesitation! Right? Yeah, no.

I understand how quintessential something like Earth Science would be if one were to become a seismologist or a geologist, but for the 99% of college students who aren't going into rock studies (no offense geology nerds), it's absolutely useless information. Now, I know some people will say, "Oh, well then don't just take a different science credit/lab credit?" Admittedly, it's a fair retort, but the simple fact is that chemistry, meteorology, biology are all equally niche in everyone's day to day lives, too! Don't even get me started on required math credits, either. I'm so happy I'm spending thousands of dollars a day to be retaught how to multiply fractions. I can't wait until a serial killer has a gun to my head and asks me to cross multiply one-half by two-thirds.

By the way, anyone who tells you that "math is important because you use math every day!" Is not deserving of your love or trust. When I cook I google the conversions between ounces and cups and I'm shameless about it, because the technology we have at our fingertips is more practical than constantly remembering such mundane things. My dad drives a semi-truck for a living, could he write out how many gallons of gas he burns on his two hundred miles plus work day, but there's no point. The information is useless much like Reasoning and Argumentation (aka learning how to properly use the term "Strawman" 101).

They're waste of resources!

There's nothing worse in this world than wastefulness, and that's all general education courses are. They waste professors' times, students' time, money (which I'll elaborate more on in a bit), the fact that they're required and often have to hold dozens of students means that they need to have larger classrooms, these courses are often 8 a.m. classes and 9 a.m. classes which can really make schedules in general a mess.

The information is rarely helpful!

Going back to the scenario I stated in point one, there is no way in God's green earth that I will never need to know how to find interest on a loan. That's not what adults do, that's sure as heck not what teachers do. It's useful information sure, but at the end of the day how many people just go "It'll be paid off when it gets paid off!" There are little to no practical applications of most general education courses. Why not make personal finance required at the college level? At least then it's applicable to life after college, life after student loans. What isn't as applicable is taking a general math course that teaches you how to multiply fractions (riveting, useful stuff, you know?) and how to determine how much you're spending in coffee every day if you buy two $3.20 coffees a day from Starbucks.

They're a waste of money!

Luckily, I attend a school that allows us to rent books. I honestly couldn't imagine have to pay for textbooks for general education courses. Especially since textbook usage is so hit-and-miss in most courses related to majors! Beyond that having to get things like calculators, protractors, and whatever else one might need for science classes, I can't fathom how big of a bill that'd start to accumulate! This is, of course, ignoring the elephant in the room that is just how expensive college classes are in general. College costs already are a slap in the face and some gen. ed. courses honestly just feel like a cash grab.

They don't care about you learning the information!

I understand that the purpose of general education is to give every student a well-rounded education and help familiarize them with other branches fo study. The way I see it is like this: school systems have 13 years of education (if not more when you include pre-K) to teach us math, science, history, and language arts. That's 13 plus years to make us get it, but the simple fact is no one really cares if we get it. In English class, when was the last time you recall your teacher or professor sitting down and reviewing grammar with you. When has a math teacher ever had you long divide aside from that hellish year of fourth grade? Mitochondria aren't even the powerhouse of the cell, so science has failed us all too!

At the college level, it's even worse. Odds are you'll just be crammed into a lecture-style setting and be forced to listen to some professor list things off of a PowerPoint slide with 60 to 70 other students who don't care about the subject matter and will demoralize you with their constant complaining! Side note: how bizarre and irresponsible is it that colleges have classrooms of 70 people, IF NOT MORE? It's widely acknowledged and accepted that smaller class sizes and more personal means of assisting students has shown increases in scores when that one-on-one environment can be upheld. I'm a pretty happy student, but people in my Quantitative Reasoning class in conjunction with the... novice... to put kindly professor have made this semester one of the worst ones I've had thus far.

Thanks for listening to my loosely organized rambling, I sincerely hope you never have to experience a general education course that makes you feel as frustrated and screwed over as I have.

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"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."

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Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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