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Some of the courses taught in high school are not going to provide the average student with much he or she can really use in life. (Trig for example. Unless you end up working in one of the few fields which require those sort of calculations, really, what use is it?)

On the other hand, ALL students will eventually need to learn some basic skills in their lives-- everything from effectively seeking employment to understanding food labels. But unfortunately, most schools don't offer courses in these important things.

So I propose a mandatory class for all students called "Life Skills". I have here a brief outline of some of the main topics that could be part of the course study:

(first quarter), Learning to Work: creating resumes, applying/interviewing for a job, common job expectations, promotions, payroll issues, talking to your boss, work behavior, leaves of absence, jury duty, unemployment compensation, retirement...

(second quarter), Health Matters: nutrition, meal planning, reading food labels, coping with illness, family planning, parenting skills, understanding medical forms, basic OTC drugs, how to talk to your doctor, basic first aid...

(third quarter), The Business of Life: banking, applying for credit, life insurance, investing, bankrupcy, filing taxes, wills and estates, renting an apartment, mortgages,...

(fourth quarter), Safety & Maintenance: fire safety, emergency preparation, basic home maintenance, basic auto maintenance, CPR, home protection, basic self-defense techniques...

Granted, SOME of the topics listed might be covered in other classes, such as Home Economics, Shop, Health, Business, etc. But those kinds of classes are usually electives, not mandatory.

My proposal is that every student should be taught these basic skills of life. Think of all the advantages this would bring to each and every person as they begin to find their way through this big, complicated world of ours.
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What is "life"?
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Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:

What is "life"?


You really went there, didn't you?
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Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15
Basically what PSHE should be.
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D4nc3Style wrote:


Somewhat_Insane_Monkey wrote:

What is "life"?


You really went there, didn't you?


I did and don't regret it
Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15
Like you said those topics are already covered but they're not mandatory.

I agree with you because students (high school) generally spend most of their day at school (7-8 hours) so I think it should be mandatory to have those life courses.
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Because if they dont teach life skills their sending sublimimal messages to students to tell them that life isn't worth it and they should kill themselves because education is dark like that.
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Wait a minute... Do other countries not have PSHE as a lesson? I don't think I've ever heard other people mention it before.
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stars201 wrote:

Like you said those topics are already covered but there not mandatory.

I agree with you because students (high school) generally spend most of their day at school (7-8 hours) so I think it should be mandatory to have those life courses.


I think it would really be helpful I had help from family with stuff like that but alot of students can't change a tire or fix a basic mechanical problem.
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I think that is an awesome proposal. Unfortunately those life skills should be taught by parents not by school. I don't see why this is not taught and an required course starting at seventh grade. My parents have always been open to us about life, the reality of life, so I was not as naive when I entered the workforce. My concern is who would be teaching those life skills. Hopefully, someone who actually knows about banking, credit, resume writing, and other such skills. Not someone who is bored with their life and wants an easy class to teach. I believe this should be outsourced instead of those tenure teachers with one foot already in the grave. Had plenty of those teachers in HS. I succeeded because I wanted to make something of myself.
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Generally this is the kinda shit parents teach.
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Generally this is the kinda shit parents teach.


That's true but some people don't have parents or their parents don't have time to teach their kids because of work or other reasons
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megahobbit wrote:

Generally this is the kinda shit parents teach.


By that logic we should abolish schools
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You'd be surprised at how many people get so far in life on mommy and daddy's coat-tails. I remember back in, 95? Maybe '96 I was a shipping clerk at a store (Think super kinko's but we even did wet printing and shit like that, with less coffee and more office based shit) Anyway, had a college student come in and attempt to mail a package. So he hands me a package pretty much labeled To Mom at Mom's house from Son at College.



So I asked for a zip code

"What's a zip code"



This was before the days of easy hot mapping of zipcodes to an address. How someone could have hit 22 years old and not know what a zipcode was, blew my mind. I mean for you kids, there wasn't email addresses at the time (OK, there was and I had some, but the internet was new, all was dial-up outside of college, and there was NO online bill paying)

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Personally, all the schools I have been to had some basic trades they taught.... welding, carpentry, etc.


However, you make a very valid point. Not everyone needs or should go to college. We have more people going to college than we have careers requiring college degrees. Seriously, stop shoving that down everyone's throat.

We need plumbers. It currently takes 8000 hours of work to qualify to be a journeyman in the state of Texas. If kids could get hours knocked off of this for classes, it could really benefit the field, and many in need of work.

The problem is not only that we lack trade schools, and encourage EVERYONE to go to college (even when they should not.) On top of that, many trades still require the same amount of on the job time as an apprentice, regardless of classes you have taken for the line of work. We need to fix that.

College education for everyone is NOT the answer to the world's problems, and we need to stop thinking it is.
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