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Old 11-17-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: outer space
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^true, sorry for being provincial

 
Old 11-17-2011, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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1) Integrated Math (Math Skills, different names in different systems), Accounting, Economics


2) US History, Modern World History, Economics, Social Issues

You haven't been in a high school lately have you?

A note, those were taught 40 years ago when I was in high school, too.
I graduated on the year 2000. I had an economics class, helped a lot convinced, me to start a 401k at like 20.

If they are teaching it, then no problem... Interesting, saw on the nightly news that the US has a 25% dropout rate. Then again i know my mom's high school has a 51% dropout rate.

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Old 11-17-2011, 05:18 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I graduated on the year 2000. I had an economics class, helped a lot convinced, me to start a 401k at like 20.

If they are teaching it, then no problem... Interesting, saw on the nightly news that the US has a 25% dropout rate. Then again i know my mom's high school has a 51% dropout rate.

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I'd like to know where they got that dropout rate. It will change depending on where you start counting. The last numbers I saw were in the 85% completion range for 4 years and around 91% if you go to 5 and count the kids who finish up at night school by age 21.

Found it:

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012006.pdf
 
Old 11-17-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Agreed.

Where are the parents? It is mostly their responsibility to teach the basic real-life skills. The can't just pawn them off on to a school and expect them to be able handle all the situations they will encounter in life.
I think these days are different than years back. Kids are left more on their own. Both parents are working. They are busy when they get home. They are good at popping out kids but no longer so good at being there to monitor their brood, find out what is going on in their minds, who their friends are, what plans they have. Parents are not 'there' for the children the way that they may have been in the past. Probably, this is one of the reasons why families are smaller.
 
Old 11-17-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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What if they don't have the skills themselves?

I just figured it would be nice to help apply these skills to life. One of the biggest complaints is students showing no interest.

I learn better when something applies to me directly, I then show interest.

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Everyone learns best when the subject applies to him. The problem is, the earlier that you learn good habits of saving and investment, the better off you are. The most productive dollars you will ever had are the earliest ones you made and saved/invested.

Some kids go through their entire lives and nobody ever teaches them about investing. They reach an age and hire a manager who can lose it all on them. You are much better off to learn early and do it yourself.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:04 PM
 
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I was reading the thread titled "Job search education should be a requirement in school" when it dawned on me: 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.
Ie schools do not teach how to avoid
deception as to ignore the bad people?
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Most of those "life skills" I learned from my parents.

We learned basic fix it stuff from helping my father.
We learned finance and housekeeping stuff from my mother.

But that was back in the "good old days" when parents had a lot more responsibilities.
Schools were for academic learning. Home was where you learned everything else.
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:18 PM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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Most of those "life skills" I learned from my parents.

We learned basic fix it stuff from helping my father.
We learned finance and housekeeping stuff from my mother.

But that was back in the "good old days" when parents had a lot more responsibilities.
Schools were for academic learning. Home was where you learned everything else.
Same here.
And I don't think anyone can convince me that we weren't better off.

The way things are going, parents are almost dispensable.
Kinda puts me in mind of a book I read many years ago- "Brave New World."
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Same here.
And I don't think anyone can convince me that we weren't better off.

The way things are going, parents are almost dispensable.
Kinda puts me in mind of a book I read many years ago- "Brave New World."
Either that or 1984.

And in some schools I'd venture with Lord of the Flies
 
Old 02-16-2015, 06:21 PM
 
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Ie schools do not teach how to avoid
deception as to ignore the bad people?
Thanks for bringing up this scintillating thread from 2011.
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