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we don't expect children to make life and death decisions on behalf of others: we expect them to seek adult help on that.
In an ideal world there would be an adult near by but its not.
The only down side I can see is some other subject would need to be dropped.
I certainly wouldn't say that everything in school is useless.
There is the basic Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.
I believe social skills are also important.
As one gets further in school, there is learning about one's own country, as well as the world. And, of course, HISTORY. While history may not be the most vital thing in the world, there is the saying that if we don't understand our past, we're destined to repeat the same mistakes.
For those students that go to college, a lot is repeated in college, at a much higher intensity. Yet, it would certainly be difficult without a solid foundation.
This is a science forum... people don't just magically understand scientific concepts. Or, perhaps for the younger students, developing a scientific curiosity.