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What was not taught in school that you realize, REALLY should have been? (Why?)

For me, things like Financial Literacy, Entrepreurism, Cooking and Sex Ed (and the Psychology of Relationships), were not taught. And I realize that I have had to spend quite a few years now bumbling through life with the rest of my friends, rather clueless. Yet, I'd always score high on calculus quizzes, in labelling body parts and I am an excellent speller. Oh! And I am really confident! : /

I feel I have useless superpowers in some areas and not enough power in others where I super need it. (Perhaps my ignorance is ripe for being picked on by predators in society...) Most of the things that I wish I learned, improved the quality of my life and mind once I did learn them.

What is your deal?


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    Sep 25 2012: Hi Genevieve

    I have many problems with the design of the schools and the idea that square rooms with 30 kids facing the supreme leader is the best way to learn and teach, but if there was one thing that I think about not learning and really wish I did, it would be growing food.

    I wish gardening and food production was a mandatory subject. This is especially relevant for city kids who probably think that growing food is for houses with gardens but there is a lot that can be done in an apartment, like grow tomatoes in old 2L milk cartons. These food growing lessons could be stand alone but could be easily incorporated into other subjects such as home economics (obviously) and science, as well as art (dyes) and history (ethnobotany).

    Japanese kindergartens and elementary school have a lot more gardening than I grew up with but it would be nice if it continued on through all of secondary school as well.

    Bring on the plants!
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      Sep 26 2012: Hi Jason :) Did you see Pam Warhurst's TED talk on how she and a group of ladies just one day decided to grow plants all over town--now it is a major tourist attraction as people go on snacking tours (like, cornstalks at the police station)! What the kids in that town must be learning!


      I feel blessed to have at least learned about cooking food at home, and all my friends and ex-boyfriends have been great cooks. In Canada, we do have a cursory experience with growing some bean plants in school, but as a serious life skill to cultivate and harvest regularly, that would rock.

      Maybe some of the concrete on the playground can turn into a community garden for recess? Greenhouse in the winters! Instead of playground supervisors, horticultural specialists!
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      Sep 26 2012: I'm not sure you've seen the video, but the relevance of this video is pretty uncanny to your post (Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South Bronx): http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/stephen_ritz_a_teacher_growing_green_in_the_south_bronx.html
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        Sep 29 2012: Hi James thanks for the link. I was familiar with this talk, and you are right this is exactly what schools need. Unfortunately it is still just an idea worth spreading and not the norm...but the seeds are spreading!
    • Sep 26 2012: Have a look at http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/. It has now been instituted in hundreds of schools in Australia, and it has had government backing. Jamie Oliver has now started the same thing in England.

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