I don’t know about you, but my experience in public schools, while hilarious and interesting from a social standpoint, taught me little to nothing about the real world. So here’s my list (feel free to add to this or argue any one of these) of things that should have been mandatory in high school.
In college, I took an excellent psychology course about personal relationships (love and friendships). So many kids graduate high school without the faintest idea of how to manage successful friendships and love relationships. Interpersonal skills are the most important you’ll ever learn.
2. Personal Finance
I wish I had graduated knowing how to balance a checkbook, how to make a budget, manage loans and interest, things like that. I know that some high schools do teach this, but not every child is required to take it.
Again, cooking skills should be taught to every high school student and made a graduation requirement. Eating pasta from a can and making processed meals in the microwave shouldn’t constitute cooking. For the sake of our own health and that of our children, everyone should learn to cook.
4. Workplace Skills
I had a class like this in college, but it would have been great to have it in high school because some people don’t want to go to college or can’t afford it. Basic skills like interviewing, writing resumes and cover letters, and what you need to do to get and keep a job would be of great importance, especially with the economy these days.
5. Conflict Resolution
This goes along with both relationships and workplace skills, but I think a mandatory course in conflict resolution would do wonders for high school kids who will eventually have to deal with ill-tempered bosses, co-workers, mothers-in-law, etc. There are lots of people (myself included) who could use a course in dealing with conflicts in a way that won’t result in loss of jobs, relationships, etc.
Idealistic, I know, but leave me some feedback! Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂