Useless parts of education

When was the last time you had an use for one of those stupid 30+ tirukurals you learnt every year, back in school? Or for all that intensive Tamil grammar? Not only was it painful, also was a complete waste of time and effort.

No, it gave me zero values. So, forget about that aspect.

That syllabus just stands to prove that "All your children are poor unfortunate victims of systems beyond their control".

I'll give it one credit, however. It definitely trained me in the art of selective-amnesia, the capability to forget things when I don't have a need for them. :P


Balachandran S said...

I agree with the headline in general, but not the specific example you have taken.

Whether we find a use in our day-to-day life or not, people who like (Tamil) literature will definitely appreciate Thirukural for its literary value. Again, even the usefulness depends on the perspective. It does talk about discipline(in personal and public life) and stuff which a lot of people don't really care about these days ;)

Joe Steeve said...

@balachandran: The problem was not with the subject. The problem was with the lack of choice. After 8th, students should be able to choose between higher-language and higher-math (for example).

Such intensive grammar and poetry in the higher secondary syllabus looks like some fanatic's idea of drilling his/her ideas into a poor student's head.

No offence to 'tamil' per se. Applies for other relatively useless (for me) stuff too. Chemistry for example :P