This week Fandango has asked a question about education. His provocative question for this week is –
What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?
I could mention a lot of things but there are two things that I think should be taught. The arts. Music, dance (I took modern dance instead of gym class) and art classes. It is important to feed a child’s creativity. And while you most likely won’t need to know how to read music to succeed in life, I think it is still necessary to make a well-rounded adult.
And speaking of adults… kids need to know about a lot of grown-up things. Basic math – balance a check book or bank account, file taxes, figure loan or interest rates. Living skills (used to be home economics, now is family consumer services) – minor plumbing, cooking, laundry, sewing basics (sew on a button) basic car maintenance. I know kids should learn these things at home, but there are so few who do. Their parents are working and involved in their own projects. Not only did I have two semesters of home ec (a quarter of sewing and one of cooking) but I had an adult living class as well.
Ok, go to your school board meetings and fight for the future of your kids. Life is truly more about knowing how to make a budget than what year the Louisiana Purchase happened.