Why are there subjects in school we have to study if we will never use them?

Posted on January 26, 2013 at 12:01 am

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Dear Gramps,

I am 16 with many artistic talents that I have developed over the years. I love the social life of school but greatly dislike most of my classes. I agree with my parents that I am capable of getting A grades in all my classes, but see no purpose in math, science, history, etc. anymore. Why do we need to learn those hard subjects tha we will never use?

Rissa

 

Answer

Hello Rissa,

Life presents us with so many wonderful opportunities to progress, grow, and find happiness and success.

One of the ways we do find happiness is through our social lives as we meet new people and earn new friends. The ability we have to develop existing and new talents is another way we have opportunity to enjoy life.

If you are capable of earning an “A” then you should earn an “A” in your classes whether or not you like them. This is personal integrity and your willingness to do your best in everything that you choose to do.

I understand your thoughts pertaining to math and science, and even history. Here is a thought regarding history, “If we fail to learn from history, then we are doomed to repeat it.” We learn history so that we understand how history has affected our nation, our civilization, and other nations.

President Gordon B. Hinckley had this to say regarding education:

“It is so important that you young men and you young women get all of the education that you can. The Lord has said very plainly that His people are to gain knowledge of countries and kingdoms and of things of the world through the process of education, even by study and by faith. Education is the key which will unlock the door of opportunity for you. It is worth sacrificing for. It is worth working at, and if you educate your mind and your hands, you will be able to make a great contribution to the society of which you are a part, and you will be able to reflect honorable on the Church of which you are a member. My dear young brothers and sisters, take advantage of every educational opportunity that you can possibly afford, and you fathers and mothers, encourage your sons and daughters to gain an education which will bless their lives”.

My thoughts, do your best and accept nothing less. Learn to enjoy them, if not enjoy them, learn to tolerate them while doing your best.

Sincerely,

Gramps

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