School subjects matter

What seems mundane accomplishes the incredible

School subjects matter

University of Michigan Trombone Professor David Jackson once told me, "Every professor thinks their subject is the most important. And they are all correct."

Also correct is Professor Jackson.

This post is dedicated to school subjects. While we do not always see them - we tend to take for granted that which we see and do every day, like speak English - each accomplishes the incredible. Thank you to the teachers, parents, and mentors who share school subjects and your life lessons with others daily.

What school subjects teach us, an incomplete list:

History = knowing what happened and could happen again
Language = expressing ourselves through words
Reading = listening across time and space
Science = understanding reality repeatably and reproducibly
Math = discovering universal truths

Literature = speaking truth through fiction
Journalism = finding and communicating true stories plainly
Music = expressing ourselves through sound
Physics = how the physical world works
Chemistry = how some physics can be understood as molecules

Biology = how some chemistry can be understood as self-sustaining organisms
Ecology = how self-sustaining organisms interrelate sustainably
Astronomy = exploring the universe and our place in it
Second languages = empathizing and internalizing another point of view
Geography = mapping our world

Comparative religion and mythology = finding meaning in life
Business = cooperating to produce goods and services
Marketing = providing goods and services at a profit
Operations = producing goods and services effectively
Finance = shifting resources to areas of greater benefit in business

Computer science = creating fast, flexible, interconnected models of reality
Politics = deciding how to govern ourselves
Public administration & government = the process of governing ourselves
Public policy = how government can define and achieve goals
Economics = allocating resources and distributing goods and services

Statistics = recognizing patterns accurately
Psychology = understanding how we relate to ourselves and each other
Medicine = improving human health repeatably and reproducibly
Public health = improving community health repeatably and reproducibly
Art = expressing that which is unexpressible any other way

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