High School Life – Afterward Look
It is surprising how few people, when asked to remember their life at high school, immediately start speaking about their relationships with each other (with the opposite sex in particular), with teachers, their participation in various extracurricular activities and so on – that is, about anything but the very thing that they were supposed to be doing when at school – studying. I don’t say it is bad, I don’t say it is the result of them being preoccupied with things of secondary importance. On the contrary, I think that it is a symptom that proves what I always thought about during my own school years.
What always amazed me then was the sheer inapplicability and uselessness of about 80% of information that we hammered into the heads of students – usually to a little or no avail, as everybody remembered what was interesting for them and immediately forgot all the rest the moment it ceased to be important (that is, after the exam). It means that almost all the effort of teachers was in vain, as it was spent on delivering information that was of no interest for the majority of students and found no place in their heads. Thus, education loses its main purpose – to spread knowledge, as it tries to spread the knowledge no one cares about.
I don’t mean that high school education should be abolished. I only mean that in its present condition it is an enormous waste of time for teachers and students, both of whom could have applied their time more effectively if they actually did something useful. The fact that former students hardly ever remember their studies only proves that.