One thing that really confuses me about the US school system (or at least i suspect this is how it is elsewhere) is how English has such a dominance in our curriculum. At my high school, we had to take 4 years of english. We only had to take 2 (and sometimes, 1) years of math though. We had 3 years of science though. We also only had 2 years of history/government/econ type classes required. It seems like we have people graduating that could write essays up the wall yet have no clue what a coordinate system is or know anything beyond figuring out what x^2 + 2x + 1 = 0 is. Is it just me or do you also notice this and wonder why this is?