When I look back on all the bullshit they teach you in school, it just blows my mind. Our school system in America does not set you up for success whatsoever in life. But, then again success could come in many different forms for people. I don’t even remember 80% of the stuff that I apparently learned in high school and college. It honestly makes me frustrated when I think about the countless hours I spent on doing work in school that truly didn’t even matter, and does not apply to my life right now whatsoever. Now, I can go on and on all day about our school system and how wasteful it really is, but I am going to stop right there because my profanity would be extensive.
Back to my main point….
If I had to come up with three things I believe our school system should be teaching this is what they would be:
1.) Communication Skills/Relationship Skills
Yes, good ole talking, listening, relating, etc. skills. It blows my mind people I encounter every day and even some in the corporate world that have no idea how to really relate or communicate with one another. I do believe communication skills is something we can get very good at after consistent repetition in our personal and professional lives. High schools should require kids to take psychology classes…….and then apply it and actually use it.
2.) Personal Finance
Big one here. One of the most important things to grasp, which should be taught at a very young age. Obviously this all depends on your upbringing and what your parents instilled in you, but I think basic personal finance should be taught in all schools. It’s amazing, I still meet people at age 25 who still don’t know the difference between a debit and credit card (ouch). If you don’t get control with your finances, it will end up controlling you.
Yes, I know – gym class and the occasional nutrition class. But, in the end, geometry and chemistry matter more (just kidding). There should be multiple classes on nutrition and fitness not just one or two throughout your entire education.
This definitely makes me think how kids would turn out in life and business if they were taught these things at such a young age, but then again I don’t make the rules. But, I definitely think our education system will be changing and evolving in the years to come.