Bane, you're a great junior reporter!
For me, as an adult in my forties, the specific lessons of junior high school and high school are but a faint glimmer in my memory.
I do recall, though, that while I was not a bad student, I was a less than enthusiastic one. And I do know that my attitudes about math, science and history amounted to "what do I need this for?"
Many years later, though, I realize that everyday I'm challenged to apply lessons from my teachers, teachers I've had from elementary school through college. It really never ends. The lessons learned in the classroom, and out, do have real world application.
So, the thoughts I'd share with students is that the relevancy of their lessons to their life won't always be obvious or apparent. But there is a purpose, and the lessons learned in and out of the classroom will influence them their entire lives.
Interestingly, some of my more vivid memories of learning from teachers are from experiences "out in the field," outside of the classroom. I predict that Bane's experiences aboard the Cutty Sark in the Puget Sound will have an influence on him for many, many years to come.