Nowadays, what kids learn by being sent to school is to either ace a subject or merely stay average in it. Subjects namely Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and so on. True that these subjects will help them for further studies such as Engineering or for pursuing medicine. But what they actually need to be taught are life lessons and skills required to become independent human beings.
What they require?
1. Finance and Savings ( Basically, everything money related)
Certain schools do teach finance, accounting, etc but they fail to teach the importance of saving up, how to keep your own budget, how to manage your own money, and how our tax system works.
We’d be learning a few of the following
· Credit cards
· Interest rates
· Credit ratings
· Retirement accounts
· Building personal budgets
· Negotiating contracts
· Reading financial statements
· Investing in companies
· Buying stocks, and so on
Why should we save up by 18 you ask? Because maybe by 50 you'd probably be a zillionaire. But on a serious note, how old were you when you found out that Compound Interest runs the planet? I'm today years old :)
The importance of maintaining a self-budget and managing your personal money should be required courses for all and heavily emphasized as required comprehension for life’s journey.
2. HOME & CAR (Buying, selling, Insurance, etc)
There is not nearly enough emphasis on importance of buying and selling a car and home. This is a very extensive process that frankly most people come out of school not having a clue about. Buying or leasing a car is an ordeal to say the least.
First off, you have to decide which is best for you in your given situation. Then it’s a process. Car Salesmen are ruthless as far as sticker price, negotiation tactics, and strategic ways of talking to people to screw them over. Not to mention once you have the car there’s certain tips and tricks you need to know to properly maintain it, find good car insurance, and manage its day to day. The same goes with buying and selling a home. There’s the timing of it, negotiating a good price, home-owners insurance, getting pre-approved for a mortgage, your down payment and loan price, dealing with real estate agents and developers, and finally once you have it maintaining it especially during harsh weather. Any homeowner will tell you keeping a home up to speed is a massive undertaking.
There’re endless amounts of information to be learned that just isn’t taught much in schools. One must learn the strategies for buying and selling and also how to maintain. Many exit school having no idea about either one.
Food is one of the biggest aspects of a culture. Food has even made its way into pop culture. Learning how to cook is one of the most important skills a person can have. When you cook for yourself you learn to enjoy healthy foods that you’ve always hated. Many have said that “Food is love.” Coming out of college not knowing how to cook is a shame (Trust me, I know).
Cooking is an important part of our history.
When you tell someone that you’re good at making grilled cheese and coffee, what you’re going to get would probably be a poker face.
On that note, time to take up cooking classes.
There are so many people in the work place who are clueless about how to write good emails. They also are horrible at handling themselves in a formal or professional setting and are bad communicators.
Communication is critical in so many corners of life. Courses in our schools implementing professional work etiquette would be extremely beneficial. It can be as simple as writing a thank you card after a job interview to using proper notation in a professional correspondence.
If we show our appreciation for each other in formal and informal settings it brings positive qualities out of us all. Positive reinforcement and support is an essential human need. Professional etiquette and Manners are the subtext of this. Particularly in the last few decades we have lost some of our connection to common etiquette. Schools should start making more of an effort to emphasize manners so that our future generations revitalize them.
As humans, we are fundamentally social animals. We don’t exist in a vacuum. We can’t. Our social bonds make up the fabric of our life. when you’re in bed dying of cancer, you’re not thinking about how Napoleon got over-zealous in Russia or how the Meiji Restoration totally changed the face of Asian geopolitics or how organic compounds are conspiring to make your brain rot.
You’re thinking about the ones you’ve loved in your life and the ones you’ve lost.
Many things make for a happy life, but few things have as much influence and impact as our relationships do. Learning how to not stumble through them like a drunkard and how to exercise some conscious control of how you express your emotions and intimacy is possibly the most life-changing skill set I’ve ever come across.
Marriage, family, and kids are hard work. There are many wonderful things about family, but it has a lot of ups and downs. Maintaining a marriage over the course of several decades (or more) can be very hard work. Only an intense understanding of love, connection, and the depths of its meaning can bond two people for a relationship’s long-term course. Raising a family is no easier.
There’s much to be learned in the real world about marriage, family, and children we didn’t know anything about upon leaving school.
6. MENTAL HEALTH
There is an immense amount of controversy today about mental health. From ADHD to schizophrenia to bipolar to depression and onward there is a long list of undiagnosed mental illnesses in our society. Not only that, but with controversy about big pharma, meds being under and over prescribed, lots of denial, and misdiagnosis many are forced to go through life without quality awareness of their mental state.
By emphasizing this as a topic of required learning and discussion, students would go into the real world not just with much more understanding of each of the primary mental illnesses and medical or holistic approaches that could help them, but with a better understanding of themselves. If you know what the issue is within yourself, you can find a way to fight it. There is therefore great value in learning more about this. Let’s start placing more emphasis on educating our children on mental health so that our future generations can live happier and more fulfilling lives and achieve what they are capable of.
If the above caused the same wounds as that of physical pain, perhaps then everyone would take it seriously.
7. TIME MANAGEMENT
We drastically underestimate the importance of time management. In my opinion, time management is critical. The time spent doing leisure activities, hobbies, self-development, and especially family time are crucial for being a healthy, happy person. There are also certain hours of the day though that should be turned to focus on our life goals. How we spend those moments is critical. Time keeps on going. Unfortunately, most people ineffectively manage it. There are strategies to help one improve and apps and programs one can download to improve this skill. Managing time effectively keeps us self-disciplined and focused on our goals at hand. Most people come out of college knowing little to nothing about how to manage and balance their time.
8. COPING WITH FAILURE (SURVIVAL SKILLS)
There’s a misconception that failure means you’ve lost the game in life. This couldn’t be further from the truth. People graduate school thinking they can conquer the world. They have their first set of failures and they hit a wall. When people realize that failure is actually part of success, they have breakthroughs. Not enough strategies, skills, and programs are implemented in our schools to teach our youth about failure, how to react when it comes, and how to build on our failures.
There are essential survival skills they never teach in school or when you are in dire straits. First Aid, CPR, swimming, how to light a fire, read a compass, make smoke signals, read topography, and changing a car tire all to name a few.
At any moment you never know when you or someone around you will suddenly be in trouble and to be self-sufficient in a life and death situation is a platform of knowledge unfortunately most people lack.