Education is important but does it prepare you for adult life? Here are the four things I wish we were taught in school.
Intrapersonal Skills / Self-Understanding
School doesn’t have a subject called “Self-Awareness” which I personally think is essential in everybody’s life. It is vital to understand who you are and your own emotional triggers. My recommendation is to do a Myer-Briggs personality test as a starting point and if you want to really figure out your personality, start journaling your day-to-day.
Negotiation & Conflict
This is a life skill because regardless of whether you’re at school, home or in the workplace, we will meet people who we conflict with. But don’t always view it as a negative thing, my best friend and I argue all the time, but we still love each other nonetheless. I think school should put together a module to teach us how to turn a conflict/negotiation into a constructive one. I would recommend reading ‘The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team‘ a great book about team conflicts.
School doesn’t really teach budgeting or tell you much about tax and National Insurance. However, these are essential skills that would help ease the transition from school to working adults. Even though schools don’t teach us this, this doesn’t mean we should not find an alternative to learn about finances. My recommendation would be to check out TheFinancialDiet on youtube or websites such as MoneySavingExpert to learn more about personal finance.
Re-Defining Success & Failure
We spend most of our early life in school; we should technically call it our second home. I think it is time to teach students at a very young age that there are various ways to define success and failure. This is crucial because Einstein once said, “If you teach a fish to climb a tree, it will forever believe it is stupid.” We have different talents, and we must magnify them and not diminish them just because the talents do not fit into a “standard” model.
The above are my thoughts about what school should teach us but if you think there are more, comment down below what else you think schools in the UK should include in the curriculum!