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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 21 2012: Education in the present world is mostly about job skills. Life is not mostly about a job, though it plays a big part. Life skills, child rearing, people skills, anger management, motivational skills etc., should be an essential part of education. That should help us be more complete human beings.
    • Sep 25 2012: I agree. If school system is to prepare children to live freely and responsibly, it needs to concentrate on what makes humans humans, and not just what makes humans functional biomachines to fit the economy.

      Teaching skills like listening to others and to oneself, caring, being curious, defining what's important, decision-making and searching for answers would be great. But these are more abstract skills.

      Among non-abstract ecology studies, physical and mental health, nutrition, social skills seem quite valuable.

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