“When am I going to use this in life,” the student angrily asks the teacher. This is a situation most students approach on the daily and many of the times we are asking ourselves this question. The fact is, yes, a lot of the time we don’t use the skill itself later on in life for our careers or jobs, but that doesn’t make it pointless information. School was not created to torture us. In fact, people from 100 to 200 years ago would be both proud and happy to attend a school. School may teach us many skills we may not need someday but the reason it’s not pointless is because we need it now.
First off, in order to pass our classes we have to know the information we learn in school. This “pointless information” that we have to learn is the very same information that will fail us if we do not know. And, that’s when the “pointless information” becomes not so pointless after all. These skills students say we do not need to know are also the skills we will get a grade for and in turn, will get a grade point averagew hich will affect how colleges view us. And, in some cases, college could make or break a career. Even if you are not planning on going to college and are planning on going straight into work, many jobs require a high school diploma. So, over time, many small assignments which ask you questions over “pointless information” could potentially be what makes or breaks your future. Even if you don’t use the information later on in life, you still need it.
Another reason we learn a lot of information we may find unnecessary is because for many people, that information may contribute to a career path they are thinking about following. Even for everyone else who does not know what career path they are considering to follow, taking many various classes full of different topics and skills may help someone decide what they want to do someday for a living. How else would we know what we want to do? School helps us to understand what we are good at and what we enjoy doing which can go a long way when job or career searching. Yes, school has tests, but school is almost a test itself; a test to see what career best fits you.
So, how do you view school? Do you think it is a waste of time where all we do is learn is unnecessary information, or do you think school is a bridge to all of our futures? Next time you, or a friend goes to say, “When am I going to use this in life,” just remember even if you won’t need it later, you need it now, and what happens now affects your future jobs, career, and how you choose to spend your life.