So you know how kids often complain about math class, wondering how the quadratic equation will have any use in their adult lives?
How to file taxes, managing your money, and even managing your mental well-being number among the top things Americans wish they had learned in school growing up, according to new research.
The fascinating new revelation came from a survey of 2,000 Americans which found that many people thought their time in school could have been better spent learning more practical lessons.
Also numbering among the top five skills we WISH we learned in school were how to negotiate, and better understanding of how student debt and loans really work.
The new survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of H&R Block, asked Americans about their schooling growing up and aimed to identify some skills that get thrown by the wayside in favor of traditional school subjects.
Amazingly, the average American says they learned nearly half of their current job skills on the job as opposed to in a classroom.
Not only that, 84 percent of Americans say that there are things they learned in school that they have never had to utilize in real life at all.
In fact, the survey asked Americans which courses they’d rather take when given a practical choice and a traditional choice and here is how those results shook out.
When it comes to a class on tax preparation or a calculus class, only 13 percent of Americans said they’d rather learn calculus.
And when asked to choose between a class on how to do household repairs and an algebra class, only 17 percent picked algebra.
Incredibly, the average American estimates they’ve forgotten nearly half (40 percent) of everything they learned in school growing up and only actually use 37 percent.