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|League of Legends player. Transformers and Avatar: the Last Airbender fan. History nerd. All that other good stuff.|
|me:||what are taxes and how do I pay them?|
|school system:||worry not|
|school system:||mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell|
|OK, you guys want to know the actual reasoning behind a lot of the things that bother you about the American educational system, especially high school? The US builds it's curriculum around the idea that any graduate who has been successful should be prepared to go into any career path they choose. The idea is that you should be able to wake up on the day after graduation and have the epiphany that, "My entire life has been wrong, I actually feel a burning desire to become an astro-physicist!" and that even if up until that point you were only ever interested in your English classes, you should be able to handle the freshman level math and science course that will set you on the path to your goal. Or go into trade school if you suddenly decide you want to do that, or go into certain career-fields right away, whatever you want to do.|
|A lot of countries don't do that. A lot of countries track people coming out of middle school, where you decide whether you want to go to the Math and Science high school or the Languages high school or the Humanities high school or the Arts high school or a trade school. And in those countries, if you're not in the Math and Science high school, your only math classes will be practical stuff like this as you take deeper coursework in your areas of expertise the rest of the time.|
|There are pros and cons to each system. Part of the reason why American high school students are so often frustrated and bored is because they're being forced to continue taking academic classes in subjects that don't interest them enough and challenge them too much. On the other hand, people like the brilliant Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have to transfer to school in the US if they want to change majors because tracking so early means that if you do change your mind about what you want to do with your life any time after the age of 14, it would mean starting over in 9th grade. I myself believed with all my heart that I wanted to be a marine biologist until I was a junior in high school, so I was very lucky that I didn't have to declare a major until sophomore year of college and that when I did I was prepared for college-level English coursework. Because American education believes in making high school well-rounded and tracking only after you get your diploma.|
|Which is why high school does not teach you how to do your taxes (which if you have a salaried position where they withhold your taxes from your paycheck automatically, as is common, is actually a very simple if dull and annoying process that your parents should be able to show you) but do teach you that mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.|
Wormwood Chapter 4: VAMPIRE SCIENCE AND THE PHILIP PARABLE
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