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Do you look back at what you learned in High School (or whatever you did that was equivalent to being in High School) as well as college (or whatever you did that was equivalent to being in college) and wonder how much knoweldge you use practically, day to day?23 posts and 21 image replies omitted. Click reply to view.
What do you wish that you'd learned?
What has getting older taught you recently, like in the past week or so?
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Looking back at High School, I think the one thing I retained most and still find most useful in navigating the world was a series of lessons an English teacher gave the class on recognizing common propoganda techniques in things like political speeches and advertising. One of a number of teachers who taught us the primary reason you learn all this general knowledge stuff isn't just for career development or daily skills, but mostly so someone can't pull a fast one on you. I.e. you (ostensibly) learn general knowledge so that you can be a more effective participant in the free market and not accidentally reward fraud and con artist.
Too bad then that, especially in my homestate, politics was so corrupt that there was nothing taught anywhere about financial literacy and history courses were tailored in such a way as to not undermine the power of nationalistic rhetoric and propoganda.
I took a bunch of philosophy and psychology courses when I was getting my first undergraduate degree and I feel like thise courses ultimately helped me become more mindful and humble and logical.
In terms of skills though? I don't really use much of anything skill specific on a daily basis, I was never able to make a career out of my second undergraduate degree in CS. I still value it though, I'm not the type to see the value of education being solely in what job skills it confers, I'm not that much a slave to capitalist narratives about true happiness being found primarily in productivity.
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My sister showed me her "Texas Civics" textbook she got in college.
It was a trip.