In general, I loved school because I’m a big nerd who enjoys learning. But that doesn’t mean there are some things about school that I really always hated – specifically, the fact that you learn a lot of stuff you probably won’t need later in life and you don’t learn a lot of stuff that you absolutely will need to know later in life. Unless you plan on having some sort of math-related career, you will never need to know what x equals. And I’m not just saying that because I’m the worst math student ever.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way because I’ve had lengthy conversations with a lot of people about how school could be so much better. Having a lot of knowledge about history and English and science is great, don’t get me wrong, but it would be nice to also be taught basic life skills, you know? A lot of kids don’t have amazing role models in their life to show them the way. Isn’t that what school is for? So, here are 10 things they should start teaching in school – although I doubt it will ever happen.
How To Dance Without Looking Completely AwkwardI realize that dance classes exist where you can learn how to do ballet or hip-hop or tap or whatever. I took those for seven years. I'm talking about how to dance in social situations (like weddings, school dances, or just your typical club) without looking as awkward as the chick in Rebecca Black's infamous video. Maybe I'm just dance-challenged, but wouldn't it be helpful to learn this during gym instead of, I don't know, trying to run a mile?
How To Have A Credit Card Without Destroying Your CreditLiterally the second I turned 18, I signed up for a credit card. My mom also gave me the privilege of using her Victoria's Secret credit card. After about a year or so, I had maxed out my card four times and my parents had bailed me out each time. I also managed to practically max out their VS card. Needless to say, my dad cut up both cards into tiny little pieces. All I'm saying is: credit cards are hard. They're sneaky. They can destroy your credit forever. Someone needs to teach students how to use them without making their dads have anxiety attacks. Source: ShutterStock
The Art Of Standing Up For YourselfI say "the art of" because standing up for yourself is an art. I'm sort of an adult and I still don't know how to do it properly (although I'm learning). It's easy to come off as whiney and for people to not take you seriously. It's also easy to be too scared to do it at all. But standing up for yourself is so important and something we all need to learn how to do properly. And no one teaches you! You're just supposed to know. Source: ShutterStock
How To Get Over PeopleThis is another thing you're just supposed to know - or learn from reading magazines. But it also might be one of the hardest things in the world, especially the first time. Throughout your life, you'll have to get over so many different people. People will come in and out of your life and it will be really upsetting. Wouldn't it be nice to have a course on how to move on gracefully without making a total idiot out of yourself on social media? I agree. Source: ShutterStock
How To Spot and Avoid LosersKnowing how to automatically spot a loser would be extremely useful. Is it possible to teach that? I feel like maybe. It's worth a try, right? It would save a lot of us from a lot of crappy situations. Source: ShutterStock
Self-Defense StrategiesIn all seriousness, self-defense is absolutely something we should all know. In my sister's high school, they took self-defense classes instead of gym for two years - then had regular gym classes for the other two years. I thought it was a fantastic idea. Yes, stuff in gym is important, but as important as knowing how to protect yourself? Didn't think so. Source: ShutterStock
How To Do Anything With MoneyLiterally anything to do with managing money is difficult (for me, at least. For everyone, right?). I remember the first time my dad told me I had to try to do my own taxes. I stared at the forms for 20 minutes and then started crying. He now has his accountant do them for me, but that's besides the point. There should be a financial course in school that teaches you how to figure out your bills, how to save money, how to do taxes and how to do whatever else it is you do with money. Ugh. I'm stressed just thinking about it. Source: ShutterStock
A Guide To Fixing Small ProblemsIt would be super helpful to have a class in school where you learn how to fix small problems by yourself, without having to find the help of other people. For example, car problems. One time, one of the front tires fell off my car while I was driving (!!) and I was about an hour away from home. I had no idea how to put the donut on so that I could actually drive home, so I had to sit on the side of the road for over an hour while I waited for my dad (I mean, he's basically my superhero, in case you hadn't figured that out yet). We should all know how to change a flat tire, is what I'm trying to say. Source: ShutterStock
How To Stop Being Awkward In Social SituationsI'm incredibly awkward and I'm pretty convinced that if I ever learned basic social skills, I wouldn't be so embarrassing. There should be a class in school that teaches you how to be less shy and awkward. Please. I would literally go back to school to take that. Source: ShutterStock
Argument SkillsArguing is a skill. Do it right and you can always get your way. Do it wrong and, well, you won't. Someone needs to teach students how to handle confrontation and arguments without resorting to crying, whining or violence. Source: ShutterStock
Stress ManagementI feel like right now, school is only teaching students how to feel stressed out. I know that everyone gets stressed and sometimes it can't be helped, but there are ways to handle stress and keep it low, so I feel like someone should be teaching that. Source: ShutterStock
Networking SkillsWhen you're in school, your teachers will tell you that hard work pays off. They'll tell you that going to a good college and working your butt off will get you the job you want. THEY ARE WRONG. The truth is, in most careers nowadays, it's all about who you know. And that comes from networking. The people I know who are good at networking are also some of the most successful people I know and that's no coincidence. Source: ShutterStock
Which of these things do you agree with the most? What else do you wish they would teach in school that I didn’t mention here? Tell me in the comments.