An education is not merely memorizing things, or at least it shouldn't be.
I recounted before that in Engineering School, they taught us to "think like Engineers" not "here's how you design a bridge." If you learn the latter, well, you are stuck designing the same bridge for your entire career as an Engineer. If you learn how to think like an Engineer you can come up with new designs or design things that solve problems never seen before. And in Engineering, many of the problems you encounter will be things never seen before. Otherwise, your client would just buy an Off-The-Shelf (OTS) solution and avoid paying you.
Similarly, when I went to Law School, they taught us to "think like Lawyers" not "Here's how to file a lawsuit." If you learn the latter, you are little more than a clerk (or "clark" as they say in the UK) pushing papers around. Novel legal issues arise and you have to be able to address them, not merely rely on boilerplate pleadings of previous cases.
A reader writes, citing an article about how cursive handwriting is now being taught in California schools, grades 1-6 by law, passed through a liberal legislature in a liberal State and signed into law by a liberal governor. That oughta shut up those Boomers and their stupid "memes."
But I guess I am one of them, too. At the Parcheesi club, they had a broken Bose stereo and I installed a new CD player in it (to play a stack of donated CDs). I noticed that next to it was a landline phone and an analog clock. I opined that if we added a envelope addressed in cursive (with a stamp, no less!) we'd have the prefect "Gen-Z" puzzle kit! Boomer Humor.
Despite memes to the contrary (and as we know, memes are the font of all wisdom!) the next generation can read cursive and tell time on an analog clock. They don't live in a vacuum. I was born in 1960 but I know what a 78 rpm record is and can recite the names of several Big Band leaders - even though these things were not "taught in school."
We learn things, on our own. School merely teaches us how to learn. Sure, I can research a topic in a library using the card catalog and Dewey Decimal system - both of which are arguably outmoded. And yea, I learned to do "legal research" using a pencil and paper - even as online search engines for legal documents were becoming a thing. These were not "obsolete" skills, but useful information even in a digital age. When you understand how to research things, well, it makes your skill set more powerful than merely doing Boolean word searches online.
Sadly, they don't teach that anymore. Some jackass lawyer actually filed a brief using ChatGTP which cited fictitious cases that it made up, to prove its point. The lawyer in question did not vet these cases, and could be disbarred for such antics - or at least severely sanctioned. Long before ChatGTP this sort of thing was a problem - where attorneys would cite a case and claim it supported their position, when in fact it said the opposite. That was a sure way to piss off a Judge. Citing fictitious cases? That crosses a line.
So yea, maybe learning how to do traditional research might be pointless or boring to some, but when you understand the process, you realize that Boolean word searches can often miss valuable hits and mischaracterize the hits you do get. If someone chose different words in a different era, well, that document won't show up on Google.
But getting back to education for education's sake, school teaches a number of things besides "reading, writing, and arithmetic" - it teaches you to get up in the morning, get dressed, and go off to work and behave yourself while sitting in a chair for hours at a time. It is training wheels for the work environment. It also teaches you that if you want something, you'll have to work for it.
Learning specific tasks, I think, is secondary to the overall mentality that is being taught. And often this means teaching people things they suck at, which has two purposes:
1. You lean to appreciate the talents that others have (that you might not have), and2. You learn what you are good at and what you suck at - a valuable thing to know!