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Published: Monday, April 29 2013 11:57 a.m. MDT

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Clarissa
Layton, UT

Calculua helps you to improve your reasoning. It opened my mind to endless possibilities. Although I don't use it, I'm so grateful that I was able to learn it. Someday, I hope to go back and retake it. Learning isn't always about facts, it is also important to help one reach one's potential.

RBB
Sandy, UT

Sociology starting pay - $30K if you can find a job; Petroleum engineering - $100k if you can pick between multiple offers. Of course, most people do not read books from the 1800s or travel in 1940s Europe, so students should not need to take English or European History classes either? Rather than dumbing down our students, lets raise the educational level of all of them. Barring a handicap, everyone can learn basic proficiency in all areas - it just takes a little work.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

@ RBB, great point. Sociology.... lol.

I am a math teacher and I agree with this article. When my students ask me whether they will use what I teach them, I tel them the truth. It will depend on what job you are going to do. I don't sugar coat it.

But then again, let's compare calculus with all the other senior level courses and whether they will "help them in their future job."

Senior English... Shakespeare....maybe, but only if the student is really good at taking something as esoteric as Shakespeare and learn to extract the general guiding truths from the lessons there and apply them.

Senior Science (Physics)... see the above study. If you don't need Calculus you aren't doing any physics in your job either.

Senior Gov't Probably helpful, but not needed for your job. Course with the voting rates today, it's not even sure that knowing the gov't will be needed for your future life.

The truth is that once someone gets beyond about 5th or 6th grade they've left the world of liberal arts education that really applies to almost every job.

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