You've probably heard this from students, where "it" is some requirement, a course, test, whatever.
I'm sure I said it myself at some point, and about some things (a certain requirement from my phud program comes to mind).
As an adviser, though, I find these statements frustrating.
I usually try to get the student to recognize that someone thought this requirement was useful and important, and maybe the student should think about why that might be and what they might gain from doing whatever it is the requirement requires.
Sometimes, I recognize, it's a hoop to jump through because someone had a political or turf stake in creating or maintaining that hoop.
But mostly, I think general education requirements have a real, useful purpose, even if they aren't worked out especially well or explained to students even minimally.
How about you folks?
General Education requirements? Useful or total BS?
And how do you communicate to students about them?