Why Should I Learn This?

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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?
The study of geography helps us be better people, by
both appreciating God’s wonder in our world and by
placing ourselves in a much closer connectivity
our global neighbors.

Why should I learn Computers?
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “Young people
in particular, I appeal to you: bear witness to your
faith through the digital world! … Employ these new
technologies to make the Gospel known, so that
the Good News of God’s infinite love for all people
will resound in new ways.”

More secular responses are included in the book.
For instance–

Why should I learn Spanish?
More and more businesses and organizations value
employees with oral and written fluency in Spanish—a
language giving access to one of the fastest-growing
markets in the world. Consider these statistics:
Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language,
after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks
second in terms of native speakers; today, almost 500
million people worldwide speak Spanish.
Spanish is the mother tongue of approximately
388 million people in 21 countries (Mexico: 102
million, USA: 45 million, Spain: 44 million, Colombia:
44 million, Argentina: 39 million, Venezuela: 28
million, Peru: 28 million). It is also widely spoken in
many more where it is not an official language.

Why should I learn Punctuation and Grammar?
Whether we like it or not, based on our words,
people judge us. Follow with me here, for a moment.
I’d like to take this idea of judging and play it out to
the end, to show what could happen, if you’re judged on
how you use punctuation and grammar.
If a person uses grammar incorrectly (not choosing
the right word or word order), then people catch it.
The reader realizes and remembers your incorrect
grammar. And based on what the reader sees, you may
be (unconsciously or consciously) put into a category.
The label, not educated, puts you into a category
where others may make assumptions about you that,
most likely, aren’t true. Judgment may lead others to a
lack of respect. Based on incorrect assumptions, poor
decisions may be made (like whether or not the person
hires you for a job). Grammar matters, for many reasons.

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?