Oh, how things have changed! The subjects you struggled with in high school that were integral to your academic achievement seem no longer necessary in this era.
Technology advancement makes some of them obsolete, and students have no interest in what they think is of no help to them.
Don’t worry, though. The core subjects such as mathematics, English and history are some of the essential subjects still embraced for future development.
Continue reading to find out which nine school subjects you took but your student won’t.
9. Home Economics
Schools no longer require students to take home economics. It may be an option at some schools but is called family and consumer science or something similar.
Hygiene, cooking and cleaning and family-oriented subjects are hardly taught anymore. If and when they are, kids don’t show much interest. Instead, they learn the “good, the bad and the ugly” at their own home or on social media.
Typing was that subject where you would get filled with frustration every time your fingers hit the wrong keys on your typewriter or computer. If the present generation sees a typewriter now, they may ask: “What relic is that?!”
No one needs to teach kids how to type these days. It seems they were born knowing how to text and at lightning speed! So typing class is simply a waste of time in the digital age.
Decades ago, it was commonplace to study Latin as a second language by some. Sadly, Latin is a dead subject, and in many places, a dead language.
Over time, the subject that seemed prestigious and studied by the educated elite lost its charm and disappeared from schools’ curriculum.
Most students choose between Spanish and sign language to complete their school’s language requirement. Finding a teacher for Latin is close to zero.
6. Shop Classes
Don’t even think about it. This was not about the economics of shopping sensibly. These were classes where students learned the basics of mechanics, carpentry and other skills set.
However, in this new era of lawsuits, parents would be asked to sign many waivers against injuries from hammers and dangerous learning tools.
Education Ministries seem more focused on high test scores rather than skills and trade. Some schools, however, are working to combine both by using 3-D technology printers in their shop lessons for integrating skills.
5. Research Papers
Do you remember drowning in multiple volumes of books just to research a paper? Library after school was a tradition after school and a quiet, studious place to search those huge encyclopedias and atlases.
Why? Because you needed that A+ on your research paper, and that was the only way. Nowadays, at Google University, students can easily access academic articles and whatever information they need.
School libraries have not gone anywhere and are still standing strong, but are slowly starting to look different from when boomers were in school. No new books or updated encyclopedias are being added, only computers.
Gone are the days when the librarian had to teach you the decimal system to find the exact book you were seeking. And no need for a library card to borrow your favorite novel.
There are so many avenues to reading and finding information quickly. The library has taken on a new role of teaching through technology.
3. Skills for Life
Students leave high school knowing to solve complicated algebra equations but with no idea how to set a budget to use their allowance wisely. They have no idea how to navigate their student debt after university or to apply for a mortgage to own a house.
Teaching these skills in schools was an essential part of preparing people to function in basic capacities. But, unfortunately, most schools do it no more. Those responsible are realizing, however, that these life skills are needed at a young age.
And some schools are beginning to teach ‘adult classes’ that equip youth in time management, budgeting and even conflict management in relationships.
2. Cursive Writing
Do you remember those cursive lessons in third grade? It was taught as part of good penmanship back in the day, and each child had to master it before moving on. Now it’s not a top priority.
Fewer lessons are being taught in cursive penmanship, even in fifth and sixth grade, as was the norm back then. And believe it or not, some people cannot write in cursive. If a person’s writing is legible, it is accepted, and everybody is happy.
1. Roman Numerals
Roman numerals are way out there on the back burner. Back in grade school, students learned to count in Roman numerals, but now there is hardly any reason to use it.
Kids can hardly read an analog clock, much less Roman numerals. And although this was not a subject on its own, math class is not brimming with Roman numerals these days.
Times are changing!
We are an evolving species, so the activities we are involved in are evolving with us. As a result, many things in life have outlived their usefulness as more modern and relevant alternatives emerge over time to advance the nation and its learning systems.
Take a trip back to a hundred years ago, and you will discover what we have left behind and how far we have come!