It's kind of funny (not really) how much the cost of school adds up being, especially when you have to pay extra for things that should have been taught earlier on in the education career.
I remember learning about the purpose of public education in a documentary exposing some of the flaws of the education system, that it was created in order to educate the public on a certain trade, so that they could later work in factory environments, specializing on a particular task on some ind of production line. There's much more to it than that but it is becoming obviously apparent that the quality of education is decreasing with the number of years.
Some things pertaining to finances that should be taught are: money management, opening bank accounts, investing, and taxes. I'm not saying that there has to be an in-depth master's level course provided for each student in their freshman year, but an introductory and intermediate course should definitely be implemented throughout the high school career. The basic and limited 'real world application' example in the the math book doesn't cut it.
I guess it hasn't dawned yet that the more well educated people we have in society, the better off we will be as a whole!
You already know that the population of china is immense, and it's influence on the world is increasing greatly. Chinese is one of the most spoken languages in the world and Chinese is spoken throughout the world through business as well as prominently in China, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Although you hear many people saying how hard chinese is to learn, it actually isn't, it's much easier than English! The thing that trips people up the most is how complicated the characters look, but if you just learn the meaning behind the picture, you can quickly see how many interlink with one another. The grammar and structure is very basic compared to English, which at times seems to not have any.
3. You don't need to go to college
The main point here is that you don't need to go to college to be successful. There's plenty of unsuccessful graduates out there that have no job, no drive, and or no dream. We are taught too much to seek others for advice on what we should do with our lives, ultimately driving us more into intellectual debt.
What's the question that everyone asks after graduation "So, what are you gonna do now?", and what do most say "I not sure yet, maybe grad school".
On the other hand success stories of people who ad not completed college range from Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. The best education that we get is from life, the decisions we make, not from outdated textbooks.