The other day I ran across an article authored by Mark Manson for the Business Insider called, “5 things we should teach in school but don’t.” (You’re probably thinking someone should have taught me to capitalize important words in a title, but that is actually way the title appears, not my lack of capitalization education.)
Before I read the article, I jotted down a few of my own ideas so I could compare them to Manson’s. This is what I came up with:
- Career Counseling
- Innovation and the Design Process (including reflection and revision)
- How to Handle Money
- How to Protect our Brains in the Case of a Zombie Apocalypse
Okay, so maybe the last one is somewhat extreme – but a little survival training could do us all a bit of good.
Manson’s ideas don’t quite match mine – but first on the list is Finance. I completely agree with his assessment that our nation’s lack of education in this area is behind a lot of the economic difficulties we are experiencing today.
Logic and reasoning are also recommended requirements according to Manson – something I do not dispute. I think these skills are implicitly taught in many subjects (including computer programming), but an actual class or two on this topic would benefit many students.
I urge you to make your own list (feel free to add suggestions to the comments below) and to read Manson’s article to find out what else he finds critically lacking in today’s high school curriculum. He has a good point that we shouldn’t rely on our grandparents’ course of study to prepare today’s generation for the future.