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Question of the Day – “Life Skills”

By JLP | October 11, 2011

Here’s today’s Question(s) of the Day:

What life skills should kids be taught in high school?

The more I read about the issues we face as a nation, the more I think we need to do a better job of educating our kids to give the skills necessary to make good decisions. Skills like budgeting, goal setting, understanding credit, career path research, college funding, self-discipline, etc., would have come in handy over the last few years and might have prevented a lot of people from making mistakes. This should be the parents’ job but obviously parents are not doing it. Therefore, I like the idea of life skills cirriculum.

What about you?

Topics: Question of the Day | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “Question of the Day – “Life Skills””

  1. Retiredat40 Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    None! Stick to reading, writing, rithmetic, science and english. When they can do those, let’s do some life skills. There are only so many periods in the day.

  2. Bridget Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I’m inclined to disagree with you. I dislike this trend in thinking our schools should take on the responsibility for educating our children in every facet of life.

    Life skills such as budgeting are the parent’s responsibility. Just like good hygene, values, and right judgement are the parent’s responsibility. At least, they should be. More and more of our valuable education time is spent trying to make up for poor parental engagement. Or rather, the education system is enabling parents to shirk many of their duties. There’s only a finite amount of time kids are in school, so as more and more “life skills” find their way into our standard coursework, there’s less time to get the basics that make for an educated, valuable work force: Math, English, Sciences and Social Studies, Art and Music (yes, art and music are important – a creative mind is what makes for good future workers / economy boosters / leaders).

    And I know, what if the parent doesn’t have good budgeting skills. Well, I ask you, what if they don’t have good driving skills, hygene skills, values, etc. At some point you have to draw the line. Let’s get put some responsibiity back on the parents and stop moving “life skills” to the classroom. What good is budgeting if you don’t ever get a good job?

  3. Gary Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    How to take notes! Everyone takes notes, meeting notes, to-do lists. Note taking involves decision making skills and learning to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not.

  4. BG Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I absolutely agree with you.

    However, an educated population does not make for a good suck^H^H^H^H consumer.

  5. Jon Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Logic. Totally missing from the curriculum.

  6. The Biz of Life Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Personal finance basics….. that emphasizes reality instead off all this feel-good, self-esteem foolishness.

  7. Stacey Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Turn off the tv, put the video games…and cell phones on TIME OUT and make your kids READ–even if it’s only magazines or the comics.

    A side note: In church 2 weeks ago an 8th grader pronounced “vineyard” as “vine-yard” no less than 4 times incorrectly. 1. How does a 13-year old (mind you, she’s Catholic and not a “non-drinking” religious denomination) not know the correct pronunciation? and 2) did she not do a trial run in front of her parents who should have corrected her.

    It reminds me of my 1st roommate out of college, (a teacher, no less,) who pronounced Yosemite as, you guessed it, Yo-se-mite. God help us all!

    Surround your children with good books, start early, be involved, and the rest often falls into place due to your good foundation…

  8. Jack Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    And teach them how to hunt, fish, and grow vegetables.

  9. BG Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Jack) Future Farmers of America (FFA) already works closely with schools. Its up to the child to assert themselves and join.