Is Every Single Subject Taught in High School a Mistake?
Schank calls chemistry “a complete waste of time” and says no one really needs “to know the elements of the periodic table” or the “formula for salt.” Even doctors, says Schank, don’t use the chemistry you learn in college. Teaching economics in high school is “beyond silly” because even “professional economists don’t really understand economics.” Instead, students would be better off with financial literacy classes.
History doesn’t fare much better. Schank eviscerates the saying that that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it, noting, “I guess no U.S. president ever took history because they have all forgotten the lessons of the Vietnam War, the history of Iraq and the history of foreign incursions into Afghanistan.” He goes on to point out that many “untruths about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War and World War II,” are currently shared in schools.
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