7 Important Lessons Schools Should Teach, but Don't ...

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While basic math and history are important, there are some equally important lessons schools should teach, but don’t.

Transitioning from school to the ‘real world’ can be difficult, because we were never taught certain things.

There are tons of skills that come in handy once you’re working and living on your own.

In order to be prepared before being thrown into this new world, there are lessons schools should teach in addition to English and science.

1. Mental Health Education

We’re all forced to take gym in order to keep us physically healthy, but what about our mental health?

There are never classes about being positive and having a good self-image.

Instead, we’re told to get the highest grades possible and peer pressured into being as pretty and sociable as we can.2

School is a major cause of stress for many students.

One of the lessons schools should teach is how to mange stress and cope with the hardships in life.

Adding a self-help book to the reading list couldn’t hurt.

2. Dating Seminar

There should be some form of manners class that everyone is required to take.3

It shouldn’t force traditional gender roles, because they no longer define us.

However, they should teach students how much they’re worth.

Teach students to leave any form of abusive relationship and not let themselves be taken advantage of.

Throwing a few lessons about rape culture couldn’t hurt either.2

3. Packing 101

Whether you’re packing up your room to move into a dorm or going on a week-long vacation, it’s important to have good packing skills.

First you need to decide what is and isn’t important enough to take along with you.

Then you need to find a way to pack everything into the bags you have, and into the trunk.

Packing entails planning and sacrifice.

It’s not a skill that an entire course should be dedicated to, but it deserves at least a day of discussion.

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