Super Important Things You Should Have Learned In School But Didn’t
Love it or hate it, schools are not the greatest – at least not in many parts of the world. Lack of funding and incredibly small budgets have left many countries’ education systems in shambles, with public schooling being highly gentrified depending on where it’s located. It’s simply a fact that smaller schools, or ones in more dangerous areas, deliver low quality educations.
That’s why it’s important to consider how schools are operating and what role we can play in them now more than ever. Did you know that, in 2010, Pennsylvania’s Lower Merion School District made some serious privacy violations when they gave all their students MacBooks and used the front-facing cameras to spy on students and get them in trouble?
DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is one of the most common institutions found in high schools, hoping to teach kids to avoid drugs and bad influences through a series of school-mandated meetings and activities. Unfortunately, research has shown that DARE has only had a minor influence on students’ drug and alcohol consumption.
Some international schools help teach latent functions. In addition to learning their subjects in school, kids are instructed about how to behave in society. In France, kids are even graded during some lunch periods to assure they use good manners and to test their knowledge of local cuisine.
I’m sure we’ve all heard the phrase “I wish I learned that in school!” before, usually uttered by an adult who has no idea what they’re doing and never learned how to do it. That’s not an insult, however – there are plenty of things that schools should be working to teach kids that just isn’t part of the curriculum.
Now, when I say school, I do mean high school, since college is a totally optional venture. Public schooling should equip all students with the mental and social resources to be able to survive as well-adjusted members of society, whereas college just increases your base knowledge and helps hammer home the finer points of how to be self-sufficient.
I’ve decided to think through and bring up a list of things that people throughout the internet wished they had learned in high school. Some will be surprising, some will be funny, and others just won’t make any sense. Join me as we take a look at some of the information that they don’t (but should) teach in schools.
Economics is being taught in high school more prevalently now than ever, but that doesn’t mean all issues are addressed as well as they should be. While teachers feel free to delve into taxes and entrepreneurship, oftentimes concepts like a home mortgage or insurance are glossed over, and that’s simply not okay.
With the recent housing bubble, it’s extremely important for kids to understand how the housing market works, how people fail, and how they can prevent it from happening to them. Of course, these are pretty difficult ideas to teach anyone who’s under the age of 18, but it’s at least worth a try to increase comprehension.
Mental health is another area which schools don’t really tend to focus on. Though guidance counselors and nurses can be of great help in emergency scenarios, oftentimes depression or anxiety can be left out of the equation entirely. Some kids don’t know why they walk around in a slump all day, or why they tremble in fear at the mere thought of social interaction.
“I wish someone taught me how to recognize depression and how to deal with it,” BuzzFeed user helenew4730f56f5 wrote. “When I was in school, everything only went in one direction: I knew I had to be there and I had to get good grades, everything else was taken care of.” You might see how a problem could arise later down the line.
Searching for jobs is a necessary skill, regardless of your level of experience or the kind of position you want. Even if you’re looking for a simple part-time job while you’re a high school student yourself, it can often seem difficult to know where to begin looking. Sure, there are plenty of online resources to help out, but it’s still nice to have some pointers.
One of the biggest problems associated with high school is that it doesn’t teach people how to care for themselves. It’s easy enough to spread the golden rule of “Treat others as you want to be treated”, but self-love is more important in the long run. The fact is, a lot of young adults are thrust into the real world not knowing how to do anything for themselves but work.
This naturally leads to stress and, in some cases, a terrible mental breakdown. Public schools ought to teach skills like emotional management, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques in order to better prepare students to deal with adult issues. Many kids graduate without the ability to accurately express themselves.
Productivity and efficiency are two key aspects of the professional workforce. If you want to get something done in the least amount of time and with the least amount of effort, you have to be able to know how to create a simple system. Having a minor plan can greatly speed up the rate at which you get anything done, whether you’re cleaning, doing homework, or traveling.
Most employers greatly value workers who are able to complete their work on time and without error or hassle, but high school fails to teach these values very well. Instead, most assignments can be completed the day before or the day they are actually due, which teaches procrastination and laziness more than anything.
Another area in which schools fail to properly educate kids is in terms of human diversity. The bullying that takes place in most schools often has an air of racism or homophobia around it, and this often has to do with the fact that the school/administration fails to recognize or discuss why judging someone for having a different physical appearance is wrong.
Gym class is a great way to get kids moving who wouldn’t otherwise be active and to teach kids how to have fun playing a variety of sports. Sometimes, however, physical education can take a turn for the worst, and people will start bullying others based on how good they are at playing a certain sport or performing a certain activity.
Now that the internet’s becoming more and more of a popular way to gather facts, it’s important that kids learn to understand how to differentiate between fact and fiction. Since everything online is, more or less, presented as fact, it’s easy to see why a child or even a teenager might mistake something false for the truth.
It would be a good idea for schools to start offering classes that teach online literacy, as well as how to behave on the internet and the best way to make use of technology in your everyday life. I’m not saying we should have smartphones in schools, but they should at least be teaching people how to use them properly.
Another area in which schools should focus more time and energy is on alternative careers. Thanks, again, to the internet, people are able to participate in a variety of different careers from wherever they are in the world. If you’re an artist, it’s never been easier to sell and ship your work anywhere on the planet.
Professional chefs or fashion designers can show off their work online and find careers that way. Even personal pet groomers have made use of websites like Craigslist to make their services known. However, many high school classes are structured around traditional careers like STEM, teaching, or writing.
Kids would be a lot more confident about their abilities to make money doing what they want to do – instead of what they think they have to do – if their public schools would simply show them they can. In a competitive world where too many job markets are being clogged up by prospective employees, it could be pretty helpful to encourage kids to pursue different career paths.
I’m sure you can find at least one item on this list relatable, but if not be sure to let us know in the comments a thing or two that you wished you’d been taught in school. All of life is a learning experience, but it’s helpful to have some extra guidance along the way. There are major reforms coming to public schools in the coming years, so it’s only a matter of time before things start to change.