How much did your high school prepare you for adult life? Would you consider High School years to be where basic life skills should be taught?

I love teachers and I appreciate the hard work that they do.  I also realize there are just so many hours in a school day, and there's no way they can teach every little thing about life to our kids.  But boy oh boy I wish I had learned some of these things in a classroom.

Lifehacker.com has compiled a list of items that the average student should learn from their high school.

I've shortened the list to some of the ones I hope my kids learn before they graduate.  You can find the full list on lifehacker.com.

I wish we were taught basic car maintenance (Canva)
I wish we were taught basic car maintenance (Canva)
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1) BASIC CAR MAINTENANCE

Could you change a flat tire if you had to? Or jump a dead battery?

Financial literacy is an incredibly important skill (canva)
Financial literacy is an incredibly important skill (canva)
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2) HOW MORTGAGES AND LOANS WORK 

Yeah this one caught me off guard as an adult.  Interest makes a huge difference!

Happiness is harder than it looks. (canva)
Happiness is harder than it looks. (canva)
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3) HAPPINESS TAKES A LOT OF WORK

Sadness comes pretty easily, but it's happiness that needs to be worked for.  The media will have you believe that happiness comes from buying enough stuff, so many young adults are shocked when they have a nice car but still feel sad.

Consent is a concept best taught early and clearly. (canva)
Consent is a concept best taught early and clearly. (canva)
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4) THE REAL DEFINITION OF CONSENT.

I feel this is more on parents to teach to their children.  Also, this is something that a lot of kids learn by example.  But think of how much tragedy could be avoided if this concept was more normalized.

Talking to people in person is quickly becoming a lost art. (canva)
Talking to people in person is quickly becoming a lost art. (canva)
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5) THE ART OF CONVERSATION

Oh Boy!  Conversation is a lost art these days.  Ask any employer, and they'll tell you their biggest struggle with the current generation is their lack of social skills.

It used to be taught, but lost favor in recent years to technology (canva)
It used to be taught, but lost favor in recent years to technology (canva)
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6) BASIC COOKING SKILLS

Do you know the difference between salt and sugar?  It makes a big difference when making cookies.

Imagine a world where people used critical thinking when approached with a scam (canva)
Imagine a world where people used critical thinking and caution when approached with a scam (canva)
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7) HOW TO SPOT A SCAM

Sometimes after you spot the scam, it's fun to scam them back!

Credit Scores are a big part of life and something we often learn too late. (canva)
Credit Scores are a big part of life and something we often learn too late. (canva)
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8) HOW TO (WISELY) BUILD CREDIT

I'm still learning this in my 40's! I wish I knew about the concept of Credit before I was an adult.

Basic EMT skills would be a great life skill to have (canva)
Basic EMT skills would be a great life skill to have (canva)
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9) What to do in an emergency.

Calling the Ghostbusters isn't an effective plan!  CPR, basic first aid etc. would be wonderful to learn early on.

Something many of us learned the hard way was time management. (canva)
Something many of us learned the hard way was time management. (canva)
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10) GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT

Apparently laying in bed all day watching T.V. isn't a good use of time.  I learned this the hard way, long after graduation.

What do you wish YOU learned in school?

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