Now - back to my daughter. As soon as she asked what a lien and interest is, I immediately asked, "Who invented the cotton gin?" She quickly replied, "Eli Whitney - but what does that have to do with anything?" It actually has to do with everything, I think! What difference it makes is that taking up brain space knowing about interest and liens just seems a bit more important to me than her knowing who invented the cotton gin.
The fact is, most people who have graduated from high school know who invented the cotton gin, but 99% of those I asked could not tell me what a cotton gin is or does. A few actually thought it was a brand of gin! Sadly, most could not only tell me what a cotton gin is, but also didn't know anything about interest, liens, points on a mortgage loan, the difference between term and whole life insurance, and many other things that might be beneficial in day to day real life.
The fact is, only about 35% of high school graduates will attend college, and less than 10% of high school graduates will graduate from college. It's time education caters to the masses, and practical life related subjects are taught instead of useless trivia!
"No Child Left Behind" is a joke, because problem children don't need to be made to attend school to learn answers to trivia questions or how to diagram a sentence - they need to be taught real things about real life they might actually benefit from someday!