When I get home, Esmee tells me she got a C on her math homework from the night before because she hadn’t made an answer column. Her correct answers were there, at the end of each neatly written-out equation, yet they weren’t segregated into a separate column on the right side of each page. I’m amazed that the pettiness of this doesn’t seem to bother her. School is training her well for the inanities of adult life.
I used to be anti-sports in academic settings, but this article changed my mind.
MBA programs were created in the 1950s because large corporations felt that new employees lacked general management skills and as a result, many talented hires had to be taught on the job the basics of business such as accounting, finance, market research, etc.
Corporations started to demand that schools give them better trained employees. In response, many schools designed MBA programs as a two-year crash course for talented individuals to get a fundamental overview of how big business worked. MBAs were not designed to help you advance your career, they were designed to make you a great employee at a large firm. In fact, most large firms paid for your MBA and you, in return, committed to joining them for several years.
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I think it should be mandatory to take a finances course in college as part of your general education requirements. Stock trading, mutual funds, splits, derivatives, 401k, IRAs…my high school had an economics class, but I think that’s probably too much for a 16 year old to learn. I would have gotten much more out of a course like that than Cultural Anthropology, a course I actually took.
Some friends of mine who teach say that athletics are part of the problem in their schools and that athletics, and other extracurricular activities, should be handled through the community.1
I used to feel the same way as my friends, wondering what value athletics have in high school. After reading this piece by Michael Lewis I see what they could be, and perhaps what they were intended to be: ways to turn children into grownups during a time when they need it most.
Is it a stretch to assume that if it weren’t for the school system handling extracurricular activities then they wouldn’t occur at all? Besides, isn’t the school system part of the community? ↩