Originally Posted by PyroTechNiK
Here in Canada my high school English classes were mostly about Shakespeare and useless poems. Grammar and essay writing were hardly taught.
Originally Posted by Sylon
I'm from Ontario Canada, and I agree so much it is not even funny. My gf works as a writing tutor for Wilfrid Laurier University and she'll tell you, literally no first year has any clue on how to construct an essay. We're taught the hamburger formula, intro followed by body and conclusion. There were Shakespeare, books like life of pi, just stuff that would have drove the average kid away from reading.
It wasn't until philosophy classes in first year university, and of course my gf who taught me how to do an essay properly. It's so easy you just need a few hours. I think the longest I took to write a first year philosophy class essay(4-5 pages, double spaced) was about 5 hours from research to citations.
Same story here, except that problem extended all the way back into middle school. In our school district they taught basic reading, writing, and grammar skills in elementary school and left us to try to remember it for the rest of our lives. There were some parts of the english classes in high school where they did bother teaching essay writing, but they didn't bother re-teaching all the sentence mechanics that the booming internet pretty much ruined. Then again, our school district was never well-funded in the first place, so I guess my experience was the best they could have given me.
I'll also agree coding/programming isn't for everyone... I had the patience and diligence to learn all that 10 years ago, but not now; I even fell asleep a few times in my Linux class in college, and I've NEVER fallen asleep in class before that (besides once in the advanced math class in the same college). That's why I've settled in a hardware-oriented environment.