I LEARNED A LOT of useless stuff (or, as Paul Simon put it, “crap”) in high school.
More accurately, my teachers tried to teach me; sometimes I didn’t learn much of it.
One candidate wants certain books banned, and criticizes sex education.
Another wants more focus on mental health. And another thinks investing and entrepreneurship should be taught. And so on.
What should and shouldn’t be taught in school has been debated ever since Socrates declared he had nothing at all to teach. His only job, he said, was to seek answers.
When I was in school, I was forced to sit in a lot of classes I had no use for. Algebra, for example.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.