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Are young adults today lacking life skills that inhibit them to determine an individual life track?

So I'm an Asian American raised under immigrant parents who came to this country to start a family. Therefore, I wasn't taught much about the system pertaining to everyday life skills. For example,

*How to do taxes
* What taxes are
* How to vote
* What political parties are
* How to write a resume/cover letter/anything related to getting a job
* How to write a check/balance a check book
* Anything to do with banking
* How to do loans for college
* How to jump start a car or other basic emergency things
* How to buy a car or house

We are distracted with the free flow of information that we forget how essential these skills are in order to promote confidence for independence.

I understand that these can be learned through parents or as you go on, but what about the 99% protesting on Wall Street? If they knew about credit scores or interest rates, would so many students have taken out those loans?

Throughout my study, I found most high school graduates who are going to college don't have any idea of what they want to study. I believe it is because they lack the confidence to believe in themselves to pursue a higher purpose in life.

I hope I explained my idea clearly enough as this is my first conversation here on TED. I hope to hear from most of you!


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  • Jul 22 2013: We have lost the purpose of schools. The laundry list above you should learn on your own, the lesson sticks a lot better. School should teach you how to learn on your own about things and how to do them, not give you step by step instructions on everything. Today, every one of the topics can be found on YouTube or the web. 20 years ago one might have been able to go to the library to answer them.

    Being an immigrant is no excuse for not knowing. Most "born & raised" American teens do not know either. When their parents try to teach them they say,"you don't know...it's different now". Which is untrue.

    Life is a learning experience and to survive one has to be able to teach themselves or acquire the knowledge they need to grow and move on. We as a society have become to dependent on others telling us what do, instead teaching ourselves what to do.

    "99% of knowledge is knowing where to find the answer."--Albert Einstein

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