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Why Should I Learn This is an e-book put out by HomeschoolConnections.com. As the title implies, it deals with the age old questions – Why should I learn this? and When will I ever use this?
Have your kids asked these questions lately?
Do you recall asking your parents these questions when you were a student?
I actually asked these questions four times in my life—I remember each one—and now, I can look back and laugh at each instance.
The first time occurred when I was in grade school. I didn’t like to read. I used to pretend I was reading—I turned the pages and everything…but of course, my mother clued in right away. Then, when I was in high school—I asked the why questions about algebra and geometry. Just the other day, I was thinking that I should re-learn Geometry. I admit, I don’t use it in my daily life, but I admire female engineers—and they certainly understand geometry. I asked the why questions again in college—this time about why I was learning computers.
Wow—I questioned the need to know how to read, and I questioned the necessity of computers (clearly I’m dating myself. No one today would question the need to be computer savvy)!
In all those instances, this book certainly would have come in handy! That’s because this book answers those questions, and is a compilation of information from over thirty authors—so readers receive advice from a wide spectrum of experts. The topics covered include Economics, Geography, Government, History, Language, Life Skills, Literature, Mathematics, Art & Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Science, Theology, and Writing.
Even though there are many opinions, they all have a Catholic viewpoint. Although the book might be helpful to non-Catholics, it is meant for the Catholic audience. Excerpts follow. You can see the religious influence in the responses below —
Why should I learn Geography?
Why should I learn Computers?
More secular responses are included in the book.
Why should I learn Spanish?
Why should I learn Punctuation and Grammar?
This book can be read in two distinctly different ways. It can be read cover to cover, or it can be used as a reference book, reading only about the subjects that interest you at the moment.
It’s certainly thought provoking.
What would your answers be for the above questions?