I am currently in Year 12 (I'm 16), and so I like to think I have a pretty good knowledge of what it is I have been taught in school and what I haven't. There are some things which I think we should be taught sooner or a lot more of. This list, I think, pretty much sums it up.
I do not have a clue what taxes are, what they do, why I need to pay them, how I pay them. I don't even know what happens if you don't pay your taxes, so surely they can'tbe that important (!!!).
2) How to write a CV
In my school, I was given a grid to fill in and that was my CV. It looked awful and I re did my entire CV using the internet and templates. My CV is now a tidy and ordered 1 page document, rather than the unorganised and incredibly unattractive looking 3 pages of grid that it once was.
3) Mental Health
We learn nothing about mental health in school. We had one assembly in year 11 where they split the male and female population of our year group up. We need to know that we all have mental health and that if we feel bad, it's okay. We need to learn ways of dealing with things. We need to know how to spot the warning signs for if something is wrong. We need to feel like it's okay to ask for help, to ask for advice. Talking helps get rid of stigma
4) How to deal with stress
This kind of ties in to mental health. Exams are so stressful and teachers put so much pressure on how important it is that you pass and that if you don't pass then you won't get anywhere, and yet we aren't told how to cope with our stress.
Just to put into context how badly the teachers handle the situation, when I was in year 11 and sitting my final year of my GCSE's, my school brought in a counsellor of some sort who said "There is no such thing as stress; only bad time management and organisation!"
5) To be better at our subjects
My friend was talking to a teacher in our school who said that teachers don't teach to be better chemists or biologists; artists or musicians. School teaches us how to pass exams in chemistry and biology, art and music. This isnn't the way is shoul be. We should be able to just learn about our subjects. The issue with exams is that the wonderful concept of learning is simply ruined by applying all of this expectation and ability to recite rather than understand.
6) Healthy Relationships
My school gave us a few (a few is probably about 6), lessons over the course of the 5 years I was at that school, about healthy relationships. And they mostly just talked about abuse and STI's. I think these are important subjects that we should be learning about. But we need to learn about how to maintain healthy relationships, not what to do when we haven't. We need to learn about maintaining more than just romantic relationships, but friendships and the relationships we have with family members.
7) General skills that will actually help us in life
Not all families cook, so I might need more than 8 lessons of cooking. What do all the dials on the washing machine do? Would I be better off buying a dish washer or hand washing my dishes? These are all questions that I don't really have the answers to because school hasn't taught me them.
What do you think? Are schools doing all they can to prepare us for the real world Should schools be teaching more relevant skills? Am I missing things off my list? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me and email via the link at the bottom.