Now that I am 18 years into my education. That includes primary all the way through to my masters, I have discovered that I still do not know a lot (HAHA, my student loan doesn’t cover the fees to learn how to adult). That is in terms of life skills. You know those practical things that come in handy when you finally leave the nest and begin your own adventure.
I guess that wise man was wise by saying “you should never stop learning”. But I never thought that would mean that I might go into adulthood, not knowing how to do essential life skills. You might have those moments where you remember that you thought adults were all grown up by 25. Yet I speak to so many 20’somethings and they all laugh loudly and deeply at how they still do not know what they are doing. I feel if you go to the dentist once a year, like annually then you should hold a party to celebrate you. Because no one I know goes to the dentist once a year over the age of 18.
So here are my thoughts on what they should of taught in high school. Like I said in my previous post, what if they turned health class into life class. From sex education to knowing how political systems work. Below you will find 10 things we should of been taught at school.
- Knowing how to change a car tire. On the side of the road. In the rain. By yourself.
- How to budget. And add to that savings account. Not just live pay check to pay check.
- How to do your own taxes. How your taxes are broken down. E.d ACC, industry and infrastructure.
- How to vote. How the New Zealand political system works. Why you should read policies and inform yourself.
- To save for a big thing. Like a house or your retirement. I have a fear that I will get to the end of my working career and have no money.
- How to cook. I know too many kids who literally did not know how to make scramble eggs and I had to be the one to teach them.
- Taking care of yourself before others. Knowing when to see the doctor and when to seek professional advice without speaking to your parents.
- How to run a house hold. Your family does so much to ensure things keep running smoothly. We should really do the sims, but in real life. But without the weird shit.
- Understanding what a healthy relationship should look like. And how to walk away when it isn’t healthy.
- How to discover what you want to do for the rest of your life. You don’t need to go to University necessary.
Let me know in the comments what you wish you learnt at school. I would be super interested to know your thoughts and feelings.