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Old 05-15-2011, 03:59 PM   #1
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Out of curiosity, what practical things do you think are really basic, that aren't taught in school, but absolutely should be?

- My mom had to teach me how to balance a checkbook. I graduated HS in 1973 and had taken algebra and advanced geometry, but she had to teach me how to balance a checkbook. Basic training instructors are still receiving 17-30 year olds who think that if there's a check in the checkbook, there is money in their account. Ouch.

- When I was a kid, girls took home ec, boys took shop. I went into the service, in a males-only field not knowing that you screw clockwise to get the screw in, counter to get it out. Both boys and girls should take basics in both. Now I hear some schools are dropping both for financial reasons, and in fact they're necessary life skills.

- Debt/credit management. Again, should be part of a basic math program.

What do you think?

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Old 05-15-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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I agree with you Claire, there should be classes that get kids ready for life...who cares if they recite a soliloquy if they are unable to buy groceries, balance a checkbook or tighten a screw. There are so many helpless people out there, giving their money away to someone with simple skills.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:14 PM   #3
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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Yeah, once upon a time it was considered a parent's job to educate in these matters. Well, in this day of both parents working full time or more, or older parents who simply don't have the patience to teach these things, I think a class done in middle or early high school as a basic part of the curriculum might help a bit.
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Doesn't it depend on the age group you're talking about? This is the way I would structure a curriculum:

Kindergarten - learning to socialize and play with others.

Early Grade School (Grades 1 - 6) let's get them reading, spelling, basic math, beginning civics and American history/geography.

Junior High (grades 7 - 8) Add Literature, more basic math, civics, American History Biographies (the people who shaped America.) Performing art (band, plays)

High School (grades 9 - 11) Add Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Art of all kinds, (drama, band, chorus, and industrial arts such as drafting), Trade School Shops (wood shop, automotive, etc.), Algebra, World History, Home Trades (cooking, sewing, crafts as a combined class)

High School (grade 12) Freedom to focus on ultimate educational goal, and make up on areas of weakness or failure from past semesters.
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I like that you separated home economics from home trades, Selkie. Kids need to learn about the economics of food, as well as ways to prepare it.
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Doesn't it depend on the age group you're talking about? This is the way I would structure a curriculum:

Kindergarten - learning to socialize and play with others.

Early Grade School (Grades 1 - 6) let's get them reading, spelling, basic math, beginning civics and American history/geography.

Junior High (grades 7 - 8) Add Literature, more basic math, civics, American History Biographies (the people who shaped America.) Performing art (band, plays)

High School (grades 9 - 11) Add Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Art of all kinds, (drama, band, chorus, and industrial arts such as drafting), Trade School Shops (wood shop, automotive, etc.), Algebra, World History, Home Trades (cooking, sewing, crafts as a combined class)

High School (grade 12) Freedom to focus on ultimate educational goal, and make up on areas of weakness or failure from past semesters.
Nope, it would never work...too sensible!
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Old 05-15-2011, 05:09 PM   #8
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Having two girls who are teachers, I agree with you Claire, but and it's a big but they are constantly sprnding time getting kids ready for these GD awful tests they both feel are worthless and spending money to buy things kids paents refuse or say they forgot to get them. These same parents are the ones who show up at a school with signs crying my kids are being denied after school time and football, basketball, soccor practise they can't have a teacher for arts and crafts, but who cares if they can boil water, let teacher do it!!!!! These same parents let their kids run rough shod over the teachers who cannot retaliate just grin and bear it. I my self feel you had these children please be responsible to and for them.
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Nope, it would never work...too sensible!
Plus they have to prep the kids for testing...
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we had a home ec. class in high school, didn't learn much there. however it was required to take "marriage and family living" in order to graduate. we were taught the basics , banking , learning to shop on a budget. how to grocery shop, write a check. don't think we were taught how to balance, though. some of it served us well. today with computers, etc it would be easier to teach a group. necessary i think. that was a long time ago, so not a new idea. just one that has been neglected.
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