Reasons for Learning Material in Schools

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Reasons for Learning Material in Schools

Learning a variety of different subjects in school, falling under such

categories as the sciences, humanitarian, linguistics, the arts and

otherwise, it is often lingering in a student's mind how exactly this

seemingly irrelevant information could possibly be beneficial later on

in life. Although I am myself prone to this thought more often than

I'd like to admit, looking at education from a broader, more objective

standpoint, there are very valuable reasons to why exactly education

is important to us, even when we fail to realise it.

On the most basic level, we learn as young children to speak, read,

write and tackle simple maths problems in order to communicate. Maths

and sciences make up a large part of the academic curriculum for many

students; it is four out of nine GCSE's for me personally. Subjects

such as chemistry, physics, biology and maths are valuable in that

they help us to understand the physical workings of the world and

answer some very basic questions of 'How?' and 'Why?'. In order to

understand the mechanics of the world in which we reside, we need to

turn to the knowledge of scientists, doctors, inventors of the past

and their theories. Biology (and also chemistry to some extent) allows

us to understand why humans 'work' and function the way we do,

enabling us to better understand our physical and mental workings.

This acts as the basis and solid foundation on which advances in

technology and medicine arise. Without the fundamental knowledge of

Pythagoras' theorem or Newton's Laws of motion, new inventions could

not have been produced, theories could not be proved wrong, ne...

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...ts we have learnt to practical situations. But without these

foundations that education provides us, we would be left without

thousands, even millions of years of knowledge that has been

accumulated over the ages. In addition to this, although at the end of

the day memorising formulas or the properties of rocks may not be

immediately beneficial, becoming a doctor and saving someone's life or

building a self-sustainable community in a developing country is

extremely valuable. It is the continual and gradual build up of this

knowledge that is valuable. Small disjointed pieces of information may

be unhelpful, but it is the accumulation of these facts that matter.

Ultimately I think that education, hopefully, helps us to be a little

less ignorant and a little more aware about the world in which we live

and about ourselves.
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