Think You’ll Never Use What You Learned in School?

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A lot of subjects that people learn in school seem pointless at the time of the lesson. However, this does not mean that you will never again use the information. Algebra comes up surprisingly often in real life and having a solid understanding of English is undoubtedly useful.

The reason that subjects seem useless in school is often because students know they will never need exactly what they are studying. In most cases this is true but it doesn’t mean the lesson isn’t useful. Dissecting a frog is probably not a situation that will come up again after high school biology but knowing something about how animal and human bodies work will be useful the next time you get sick.

Many students believe that they will never use higher mathematics again because there are calculators to do the job for them. However, if the calculator makes an error and you don’t know higher math you might not notice. This could be a big problem if the calculations you are doing are for your tax return!

Think you'll never use what you learned in school?

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  1. Interesting! Who knew that all that was stuff we would need as adults? I am really glad I paid attention in school! However I never dissected a frog… thank goodness!

  2. Great infographic! I still say that you’ll never use Algebra in real life…

  3. I think a good education is crucial to living well.

  4. This is cute! I admit I hated Algebra in school and rarely use it now.

  5. Even with a calculator, you still need the correct formulas for most algebraic situations that may come up in every day life. The Pythagorean theorem is probably used most commonly, or could be used if you knew the formula.

  6. I have to agree with thee previous poster about Algebra the one subject I struggled with. Love the infographic

  7. very cute graphic. I always say “why does my daughter need to do this… she’ll never use it” lol

  8. I wish more people retained what they learned in school about grammar!

  9. Good to see that all of that studying does indeed pay off!

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