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Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15

biscuitnote wrote:


megahobbit wrote:

Generally this is the kinda shit parents teach.


By that logic we should abolish schools


Um no. Most parents are not qualified to be teachers(mine are though) they are qualified to pass on life skills.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

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.


Agreed. We need more vocational schools and encourage people the value of attending. Not everyone is suited to go to college nor should they be shamed if they decided it is not for them.
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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.


Sadly most parents are pretty worthless as well. See above "what's a zipcode" question coming from a 22 year old, 20 years ago lol. I can set ignition points almost by ear good enough to get moving, but 98% of the people in the US have no idea how to do that anymore. Or put on a set of chains, change a flat tire, etc etc. I can't believe how many times I've seen a little Honda on the side of the road with a bunch of young men in it watching triple A put on their donut spare.



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Posted 12/18/15

HolyDrumstick wrote:

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.


Trade schools is what we should be investing in. They also really make a kid think, they learn lessons quick that way. You aren't going to fuck around with the 200 ton shear after seeing what 5 finger Timmy did with his left hand are you?

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Because the government run schools are trying to make you slaves.

Not self sufficient. Why else do you think college students haven't even read the constitution? School is where people go to be well trained tax slaves. They even leave you with debt like a good little pack mule!
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Posted 12/18/15
Because the 15-18 crowd already think they know everything and wouldn't listen anyway.
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Because school sucks hahahah. Its even truer today than when I was in school. I feel sorry for the current generation of kids going through middle and high school. And apparently, they're supposed to have an even crappier economic outlook for their 20's/30's than us mid generation millennials.
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Posted 12/18/15 , edited 12/18/15
MFW I write a big ass post without looking at what the OP really posted about and make a total ass out of myself. Thanks OP I agree completely, should absolutely be a "Food technology" class and it should be compulsory.

Edit: Not sure about some of the business aspects of your suggest course design change.
Posted 12/18/15
why dont they have better food?? i can easily self-educate myself
Posted 12/18/15

GrandMasterTime wrote:

MFW I write a big ass post without looking at what the OP really posted about and make a total ass out of myself. Thanks OP I agree completely, should absolutely be a "Food technology" class and it should be compulsory.

Edit: Not sure about some of the business aspects of your suggest course design change.


In the school i go to they actually teach life skill's actually
We have Account Management , College Courses *to give you that extra boost*
Home Economics , Wood shop , etc. Business & Accountant.
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I took a semester long class in high school that dealt with everything from monthly budgeting money with bills, to buying a car, to all kinds of things, however it wasǹt a mandatory class (which it should be.) Although I already knew all the things it taught, however it was great practice. And it is truly lasting all that algebra 2 bullshit I have never used, but I make a budget every damn month...
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Posted 12/18/15
Because then they would have to admit 90% of classroom discussions are pointless.
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I ask the same things everyday. In my school the only life skill you have to learn is personal finance, it mandatory and everyone has to take it. But besides that we dont learn much life skills in school. They try to teach us better social skills in school. For example, not to drink or drive, bullying, stress & to be a good person.
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I agree almost completely. The health matters are already mandatory in my state (as of recently, I think). However, they need to be more strict in the counties up North, and make sure nobody's getting away with abstinence only education. At least in my area, all the health stuff you mentioned is already taught. GG Georgia. You actually got something right. All that other stuff really need to be taught though. I can tell you all about genetics or nuclear decay, but I admittedly do not know what insurance actually does. I also don't know how to pay taxes, when I'm old enough to have to pay them. Those are some fairly important things that I do not know. One could argue that the parents should be teaching about those things, or I'll figure them about when I get there, but parents don't always explain these things correctly, and just throwing a bunch of graduates into the world without knowing them is a BAD idea.
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Posted 12/18/15

megahobbit wrote:

Generally this is the kinda shit parents teach.


Perhaps if you went back 20-30 years ago, parents alone would be good enough. Unfortunately, in a large portion of households, both parents work.. so after the housework and errands are done, there often isn't enough time left for the parents to teach all the necessary 'Life Skills.' Given this, schools should consider implementing these types of courses, to supplement for what being left out at home.
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