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Old 11-12-2009, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Houston/Heights
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I have used Trig. in the real world, but never algebra.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:14 PM
 
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an education is good for whatever you are going to do with it. if you were an architect, you would need to know physics for structural integrity and mathematics (quadratic formula used a lot) etc.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:41 AM
 
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If people valued "knowledge/learning," they could always audit classes, and not pay all that money for degrees.
I cannot imagine borrowing huge amounts of money for the sake of learning. I would absolutely have to consider education as job training/pre-req (as I have).
Chinese culture (what a broad term) stemmed from Confucianism, which did/does emphasize education/learning. Of course, the times it came from had almost 100 percent lack of literacy and peasant life, so I'm not sure who was getting educated.
Living around a very educated populace and many schools (Boston/Cambridge), I'd say that roughly that Asians, at least Chinese and Japanese here, put a huge emphasis on getting degrees (not fake ones) and getting good jobs and status. A lot of people from India, too, very ambitious and study-focused.
I maintain that a good autodidact can get pretty well read by reading a good newspaper every day.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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After I retire I plan on auditing college level courses just to improve my learning skills and for grins.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:35 AM
 
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Does Algebra exist in the real world?
Yes.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Houston/Heights
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As I get along further in Life, I'm actually a little surprised at how little one really needs to know, if you just know the right People. I guess it has always been that way. --I just don't happen to know the right People it seems.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge.
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As I get along further in Life, I'm actually a little surprised at how little one really needs to know, if you just know the right People. I guess it has always been that way. --I just don't happen to know the right People it seems.

In support of your statement:
As our political leaders continuously show, success requires no knowledgd what-so-ever.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:51 PM
 
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I have used Trig. in the real world, but never algebra.
Most engineers have probably used both - extensively. OTOH, most engineers have not used History much. The idea in schools is to teach us basics - we may not use all of it.

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As I get along further in Life, I'm actually a little surprised at how little one really needs to know, if you just know the right People. I guess it has always been that way. --I just don't happen to know the right People it seems.
Words of wisdom. As someone commented earlier, some of the real life experiences are not included in any degree(s). Like many, I know many people without degrees to be extremely smart and "educated".


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As our political leaders continuously show, success requires no knowledgd what-so-ever.
Please leave Palin out of this.

Last edited by calmdude; 11-13-2009 at 05:16 PM.. Reason: twypoes
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I posted this in another thread. In many cases, showing your boss that you know how to do something that he thought you did not know how to do, just gets you MORE work...and no one needs "more" on their plate.

I'm responsible for enough, I didn't need that other thing added to my plate.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Under a bridge.
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I posted this in another thread. In many cases, showing your boss that you know how to do something that he thought you did not know how to do, just gets you MORE work...and no one needs "more" on their plate.

I'm responsible for enough, I didn't need that other thing added to my plate.
Yes you did. Eat your vegetables and stop whining.
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