I think education is extremely important. You never stop learning even after getting out of school. You learn something new everyday.
Of course I think the basics are very important. Reading, writing, math, language arts, history and science.
Just as important as those other subjects are to learn, it’s equally important for schools to start teaching more life skills classes. I don’t know how it is in other places but here in the United States most schools are barely if at all teaching life skills classes anymore.
They should start teaching how to…
- File your own income taxes.
- What taxes are.
- Fill out a job application.
- Write a resume.
- Change a tire and check your oil in your car.
- Creating and sticking to a budget
- The difference between a need and a want.
- Cooking classes, how to make an actual meal that doesn’t just come out of a box.
- Basic home repair and maintenance.
- Apply for a loan and how to avoid payday loans.
- Buy a house/car.
- Use a credit card.
- Use a condom/birth control.
- To be able to balance a checking account.
It’s really sad that a lot of people do not know how to do these things. If it weren’t for my mom teaching me most of these skills, I wouldn’t know how to do most of these. I was talking to a neighbor the other day about filing our taxes and when I told her that we always do it ourselves, she couldn’t believe that we knew how to do that. That we didn’t go somewhere and pay for someone else to do it. I told her why would we pay someone else to do what we already know how to do?
Then comes the issues about not teaching cursive writing in schools anymore (at least in the United States). I don’t understand why they would have taken that out of the curriculum. I don’t know how kids are even going to be able to sign their names, if they are not being taught how to write in cursive. I’ll be the first to admit that I would much rather print when writing something. It’s easier and faster for me to do it that way, but I still know how to write and read something that is in cursive. It all started when common core was introduced. I could write an entire blog post about common core. I think it’s a waste.
How are kids even going to be able to read the Declaration of Independence if they aren’t being caught cursive writing. They won’t be able to read most historical documents, unless they are converted over into print. It’s almost like they don’t want them to be able to read them and learn about them.
My daughter is only in preschool right now, so I haven’t had any personal experience with common core, no more than what I’ve been told by other people and have learned from online. So maybe I don’t know the full extent of it, but what I do know about it, doesn’t make much sense to me. I don’t know how teaching a math problem that would normally take less than 30 seconds to do, now takes almost triple that, if not more.
I know that not every child learns in the same way, and what works for one child might not always work for another. Maybe common core works for some, and that’s great. If they wanted to use this as another alternative to teaching, I’d have no problem with that. They should also be teaching the “old way” for the children that learn better that way. I just worry that when Ryleigh gets into grade school, (that is if common core isn’t gone before then) I won’t be able properly help her with her homework without having to learn it myself first .