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Academic subjects as a secondary learning process.
I have been a member of TED for a couple of years now and I have received at least as much education in this forum as I did in school. The topic which comes up over and over is that of education. A worthy topic indeed. So I have a question for debate: Instead of focusing all children on a mainstream of academic subjects (Which many struggle with) why not focus on the arts and other areas and make Maths, English and Science their secondary subject. Of course we need these subjects to be effective in the world but as so many of us agree, when was the last time you used Physics to do your laundry or shopping list. How many more solutions to life could we solve if we began early in our education. Just a thought; when was the last time you heard someone remark of a master artist "Oh sure it's a good painting, but I bet he was lousy at Maths." No, we simply say "what an amazing piece of art, what an amazing artist."