by Kamryn Thomas, Staff Writer

From the time a child hits five years old, they no longer learn about the world from observation; instead others teach them about the world. In school, students become bombarded with information that helps with their academic advancement, but they’re unaware how to apply the information once they leave the rigor of the classroom.  

It’s common belief that once in the professional world the knowledge about the Odyssey, acceleration formula, or who invented the light bulb as unnecessary, yet students learn these topics. While most concepts in english, math, social studies and science seem trivial at the moment, they play a key role in students future.

“Math problems help you to think logically and abstractly. If you don’t have those skills it will become a struggle later in life when you need them most,”administrator Jim Bishop said.

Although most don’t see the Pythagorean Theorem, trigonometric or polynomial dividing after college, they will find a situation needing logical thinking. Alongside logical thinking, students acquire problem solving skills from math material. In the workplace problem solving required to identify, process, and solve dilemmas or predicaments.

According to  Catherine Valentino from the Houghton Mifflin, in science classes students learn and develop skills such as observing, inferring and interpreting data. So when students learn about photosynthesis and how magnets work in a lab, they also learn how to draw conclusions, record quantitative data and anticipate consequences of mathematical variables.Business environments use these skills to increase productivity by speeding up the process of identifying trends.

“It’s been quite a long time since I used academic material outside, but general things such as social skills. I use those everyday,” sophomore Tiara Hayes said.

In order to build strong, gratifying relationships social skills become a necessity. Poor communication cause relationship failures; which can lead to depression and unhappiness. Communicating effectively and having good social skills are learned in mainstream classrooms.

“For your future job you have to work with all different types of people and you need to be able to adapt,”Sarah Holcomb said. “Not everybody works at the same level as you, so you need to be able to communicate.”

The information given in classrooms promote team building and communication. Using decision making techniques in classes help when picking a house or applying teamwork skills while on their job.

Students should be informed on how they acquire useful life techniques while receiving education on other subjects. Once they know how math, social studies, and science go hand-in-hand with effective life skills, it will make it easier for them to learn the academic concepts, and prepare students for their futures.

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