When has knowing how to dissect a frog helped you thrive in the real world? High school does not offer classes that are valuable for my future. Most students graduate school with no idea on how to balance a checkbook or take out at loan, but every student knows how to find the area of a circle. Schools need to stop forcing kids to memorize things that they will never use and they need to start offering classes that will actually prepare them for living on their own.
These days, a high school diploma means nothing for someone trying to get a job. Why are children wasting the first eighteen years of their life, only to need more education to actually be successful? In the eleven plus years I have spent sitting in a classroom, the only thing remotely valuable I have learned is how to learn.
Stop making students memorize the periodic table and quadratic formulas and start teaching them how to file for a tax return, write a resume, buy a house, pay a traffic ticket, and understand a 401k.