Why is the Pythagorean Theorem always peoples’ go-to for representing the “useless” things they learn in school? It IS relevant, you know. Why should I learn how to subdivide music notes if I’m not going to be a musician? Why learn about the mitochondria if I’m not going to be a biologist? Why learn how to write a discursive essay if I’m not going to be a journalist? See what I’m saying?
First of all, it’s rude to put down things that are important to other people just because you think you’re never going to use it again. Land surveyors use trigonometry all the time in their line of work. Educators use psychology. Engineers use binary (maybe). Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean it’s worthless.
Secondly, you can’t blame the educational system for doing you a favor by giving you a liberal education (as in wide-spread, not in terms of political affiliations). The way that the first 13 years of your education work is that you learn about a lot first, and as you go on, you get to pick and choose what you like or what’s important to you based on your past experiences. That’s why high schools have electives and elementary schools don’t, and that’s why you get to pick a major if you go to college. The idea is to make sure you are informed in a lot of different areas, aka educated. Boo hoo, math is required? Math is also important in a whole lot of professions.
And another thing—lots of people here complain that school never taught them how to buy a house or school never taught them how to talk to a person who’s dying. For the first example, I know that my school has business and home economics classes available as electives, but a lot of people don’t bother taking them for whatever reason. And you can’t blame schools for not making them required classes—a lot of information about how to do “adult” things is available on google, not to mention in books. Do you want an education or do you want a checklist? And even if your school doesn’t have these things, lots of communities and community colleges have seminars and classes that you can attend to learn this stuff. Once again, school.
For the second example… was this ever the purpose of school? School should not be the sole source of your social and emotional development—that would be messed up. Part of your duty as a human being is to learn and grow outside of school, as well.