How many times have you heard the question:
"Will I ever use this?" or "When will I have to know this?"
This is a frustrating question for the teacher, because it is hard to answer. When, in the course of their lives, will our students ever need to know how to use a quadratic formula. I certainly am not tapping into that bit of information everyday.
So why do we teach it? Why are we going over these meticulous facts and observations that we as a human race have discovered throughout our journey?
Why is there this mass regurgitation of world history? Who does care about the ancient Zapotec tribes and how they got to where they were going?
The Internet has made these questions infinitely harder to answer. Everything is already documented on wikipedia (and our students know it). If a student is ever curious about something then all they have to do is google it or search around on wikipedia for 1/2 a minute and they should be able to come across relevant information on any given topic. Besides an entire lesson on the quadratic formula exists on wikipedia.
So why are we going on with this charade?
After years and years of thought, I reached a conclusion on the purpose of education.....death.
We teach because we die...sort of.
In life we have two basic or fundamental objectives:
- To live.
- To live well.
All of the decisions we make revolve around making us happy, although many times our choices do not result in the desired outcome (the desired outcome is to bring us happiness).