Education is more than just sitting in the classroom. Unfortunately, the core school curriculum followed in schools comprises sciences, mathematics, languages, social sciences and physical education.
Lately, we have been using less and less of what we have learned in school and discovering more skills that are important to success which were never taught in school.
So, what are the top skills and subjects that should be taught to every student in school who enters our education system? Here are the top 5 subjects which we think should be taught at school apart from the regular curriculum.
Despite the belief, people are not born with perfect social skills, they learn them. Children who are blessed with interactive families and plenty of relatives are taught good manners early in their life. Children, those who spend most of their time alone, do not have the kind of exposure to build their social skills. Even the most well-mannered child will have to undergo certain tricky situations in life. So, we suggest a few classes of social skills could really help students sail through these unavoidable situations.
Math that is being taught in school is not giving anyone practical benefits. While you pay your taxes you will never need your geometry or you'll never have to use algebra at your grocery store. Those kids who are not fortunate enough to have been brought up in a household that can handle money sensibly, will have to undergo a rough time once they are out into the real world. For those kids who haven't faced financial responsibility, money management is a great mystery of life.
Emergency Medical Training
Every school student should undergo mandatory first aid training like the CPR and automated defibrillator training at school to help prevent one of the leading causes of death - heart failure. There should be laws so that people respond during emergency situations. Some studies also show that teaching medical care at school could develop compassion, which is being lost in high school students and lacking in the teenage population.
Physical education in schools mostly consists of forcing students to exercise for a little while on a daily basis. But the sports in which they are processed vary considerably. Those students who really want to learn any sport can try out to be in a team, but they are not accepted unless they have the necessary skills. Sports is not considered as a requirement in many curriculums, but if a student plays one sport during middle and high school, he/she will become more physically fit and happy.
Climate change is looked at as an out of the box topic and the real scientific debate and data are widely ignored. Some organisations encourage better environmental education programs that teach students to make their choice of lifestyle more eco-friendly from early on. Climate education that includes in-school programs and provision of educational materials help to combat scientific ignorance. Educators concern to the environment recommend climate change to be taught as early as in middle school.
We think, we didn't waste our time with those regular lessons, though learning something new is never a loss. Incorporating social skills, managing money, physical fitness, first aid skills and environmental concern can improve quality of life and mind, if you learn them. It is worth reconsidering what we teach and are being taught in the classroom and which lessons could better prepare students for life after school.