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90% (or more) of what we learn in schools is NOT subject related

There is a tremendous focus on the quality of the subjects in schools, so children will learn more and thus education will improve. But I wonder if school isn't about learning maths or history, but maybe school is relevant to learn life skills. To learn how to develop your own way to look at the world and using skills that transcend school subjects. What do you think?

Topics: education

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  • May 28 2013: When I was little, I remember my mother always saying how times were so different than when she was growing up. And I find myself saying that a lot now and I'm only in my late 20s. I completely agree that schools should take more of a proactive approach in regards to teaching children life skills. We no longer can rely on them learning these things at home. For many reasons, times are just different now.
    One being the internet. With social networking sites practically being inescapable, it is vital that we teach our kids how to deal with life and to embrace individuality. If the kids aren't learning life skills at home, or at school, they're left to learn it via facebook and twitter - or as I call them, the Home of Groupthink. Among the people who create online personas to make up for real life insecurities, there are kids who will never learn how to form an opinion of their own because they will be conditioned to always vote with the group for fear of public alienation or humiliation.
    Schools are the best places to counter this. Our kids need to learn how to cope and deal with life in different ways now. The traditional - "learn the hard way" approach to figuring life out is now gambling with kids lives.

    I think this is a great idea.
    • May 29 2013: It also seems important to me to learn like skills, because the Internet and the world around us changes rapidly and constantly. I would rather learn about dealing with the world, than learn about knowledge that was considered usefull 50 or more years ago. That way people can learn how to survive in an ever changing environment, with core skills, and the schools don't have to keep on teaching things that aren't relevant anymore.

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