What are the benefits of learning French over another language?
I feel that French allows you to tap into such a variety of cultures that some other languages do not offer. France is of course the main focus of people who desire to travel into French territory, but it is far from being the only option. The Caribbean and the Pacific are the home to many French speaking countries. Some North African countries, such as Morocco, have been influenced by French culture, allowing people to look at a blend of African, Islamic, and European cultures. And most people do not know that parts of Southeast Asia were colonized by the French, and remnants of their influence remain there. Learning French will allow you a more interactive platform upon which to study and visit these places!
What makes math an important and required subject in all levels of education?
Math's greatest function is to teach logical and reasoning skills. It teaches you how to take different concepts and apply them to a real world problem. By mastering the building blocks of math, people are creating a foundation to expand into other areas such as geometry and algebra, and enabling themselves to logically create solutions to a given problem.
How will learning calculus benefit me in the future-even if I don't plan on having a career in math?
I think that taking calculus teaches some good real life skills. For example, one of the the first things you learn is limits. You then apply those concepts to build up an understanding of later concepts such as derivatives and integrals. This is showing you how you must take what seems like a meaningless idea and turn it into something more complex. You also gain a good eye for detail. Mistakes in calculus are most often made because of simple algebraic mistakes, so practicing will help you slow down, look closely at a problem, and work out a solution. Overall, I think it is a good way to challenge yourself and learn some discipline. It is not one of those classes that you can coast through; it allows you to develop considerable focus, determination, and motivation, qualities that are required to succeed in life.