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School was just indoctrination into bullshit and didnt actually teach me even the smallest thing that would help me in the real world beyond arithmetic.

Okay there was that one programming class in highschool...

@xorowl True for some kids, I expect others got useful things from school. Some people need a more structured learning environment than others.

@cabalamat sure, but that doesn't mean they actually taught you how to survive. I didn't learn taxes, government, how to make friends, how to get a job, how to pay bills, how money worked, how to handle intense emotion, how to deal with negative people, jeez, half of what they taught was a sanitized lie.
Yknow.... i take it back though, i feel like my science classes at least were pretty solid. that shit's helped me out with basic life.

@xorowl I didn't learn any of the things you listed either. They did teach me a fair bit of maths and science which was useful i suppose.

Having said that I've only once used calculus in my life after school.

@cabalamat i tried to get to calculus in college, and had an aweful time. i didn't know how to focus myself at all at the time, and the math was so abstract and difficult for me. Algebra is a basic life skill, trig a nice trick to look like a pro, you get into calc and you're basically doing science.
I just wanted to make software, but they require this shit. i fucked right out and started programming professionally anyway. Fuck the system.

@xorowl Algebra a basic life skill? I imagine many get through their whole lives without doing it. The concepts are good for programming and many turn their hand to simple programming these days (e.g. excel)

@cabalamat I can see how you might overlook it. You and four friends are eating out, how do you split the bill? how do you calculate the tip? Percentages are a constant use. Yeah man, algebra is a basic life skill


@xorowl You could always divide by 10 and double it. In practice what seems to happen is people round up to the nearest fiver and that's the tip. or someone might pay by card.

Percentages aren't algebra. Nor is arithmetic.

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@cabalamat i mean i think we're splitting hairs here now. i think we're using words differently. i am the sleepy and havent a lot of the good words.

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