I wonder why why we were made to spend hours solving quadratic equations using the formula so it was not in any way using thought let alone creative thought.
There was no discussion about what quadratic equations are useful for and for people leaving school at 16 in those days they never would discover any possible use of these equations.
I don’t think the learning that we returns will be transferable to any other subject.
But we learnt to obey the teacher and do things which seemed meaningless. And not just once but for 45 minutes we were ordered to keep on doing more and more of these equations.
In that way school is like a prison where you do tasks the other people have decided are necessary. And if you can’t see any meaning in them you are not allowed to say so.
I have often wondered why obedience is considered to be such a wonderful thing.