I'm a high school student in a third-world country (Algeria).
My problem is with the way we are been taught biology. It's all about memorizing facts and procedures from a textbook without any application whatsoever due to the unavailability of laboratory equipments(there are some but they are either expired or useless).
My question: does this way of learning have any benefits at all? Are we even learning?
I know what a lipid is because I've read its definition, but, is this enough? Is it enough to only read a paragraph that describes lipids and then see a model of it in order to know what a lipid really is? Would it be useless if I go to a laboratory, extract some cholesterol, study its characteristics and see it with my own eyes to have a rough idea of what it is?
I've been seriously thinking about dropping out of school because I think the world doesn't need another indoctrinated kid who knows a bunch of facts and want to earn some money with that knowledge.