High Schools Fail at Teaching Personal Finance, Millennials Say: High schools don't teach algebra and geometry because they believe most students will end up in math-driven fields. Rather, those subjects are on the curriculum because they give teenagers different ways to think, and help them develop and hone their problem-solving skills.
Similar arguments can be made for chemistry or other science courses. Only a small fraction of young people will wind up in STEM careers -- they make up about 13% of today's jobs -- and it can be difficult to connect what those courses teach to everyday life. Yet at their core, science classes help students develop an understanding of how the real world works.