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25 Basic Life Skills That Should Be Taught In School (But Aren’t)

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This article was written by Daisy Luther and originally published at The Organic Prepper / Alt-Market

Think of the vast amount of time that students spend in school. But what do they come away knowing? They are taught very few life skills, so are they really prepared for the real world?

Here’s one of the glaring problems with public school: it’s designed to waste time.

Like a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who, school can zap your life away. It wouldn’t be half bad if you were being taught something useful. Sure, reading and math are important, but the bulk of those things can be taught in much shorter periods of time than are being utilized right now. Plus, reading skills are deteriorating and math was swallowed by Common Core.

Ideally, there would be myriad forms of trustworthy education that could suit any personality. And ideally many of these skills would be taught by family and imparted by experienced people – but that’s getting harder to do.

So in the list below, think of what it would be like if schools were ideal and actually preparing people to live meaningful lives.

Without further ado, here are…

25 Life Skills That Should Be Taught In School (But Aren’t):

#1 Individual Thought

Instead of regurgitating what the teacher says and mirroring their peers, people need to think for themselves only. That means no groupthink. Most people think they are unique but are only parroting. That’s why you can figure out who they are from just two of their beliefs. A lot of people struggle with who they really are but can’t even have a thought of their own. Life shouldn’t be so monochromatic and Borg-like. Calling all real individuals.

#2 Personal Finance, Saving & Budgets

The credit card and personal finance industry should not be the ones teaching us about money. And while I think Dave Ramsey’s advice from Total Money Makeover to start an emergency fund is golden; I’d like to nominate The Index Card by Helaine Olen as the curriculum. It is by far the best, most objective personal finance advice I’ve ever gotten. Takes all the confusion away. The name is from the idea that everything you need to know about finance fits on an index card – and the book even comes with it!

#3 Health & Nutrition

No fad diets. Just self-care and nutrition. Food selection and important information about vitamins, minerals, and bio-compounds. I know they teach health in school but c’mon… And why not include gardening and food prep?

#4 Resiliency & Failing Gracefully

The world can be crushing enough, perhaps resiliency and tenacity can be emphasized instead of measuring students against failure. Failure is inevitable after all, so people should be shown how to fall and get back up again.

#5 The Art of Conversation

‘Sup! Hav U taken this class B4?

#6 Logic, Reasoning, and Public Discourse

Did you know that schools have been rapidly dropping Logic classes? It’s time to stop the Idiocracy from spreading and revive Logic! Also, it would be nice if public discourse didn’t amount to two people rabidly screaming at each other.

#7 Character

You can’t legislate morality, but young people are eager to learn character. Instead of burdening children with global warming responsibility and punishing them severely for breaking unspoken social justice mores – how about letting them have fun but fostering a sense of character. Show them they have personal control/responsibility and that there are real-world consequences for their actions. Relationship skills probably shouldn’t be taught by government-run schools but ultimately those come from a person’s character.

#8 Negotiation

In order to make it in the real world and provide for a family, negotiating is crucial. It means being firm, having a backbone and the willingness to exhibit some disagreeableness.

#9 Cooking from Scratch

It’s a seriously needed lost art! And it overlaps with health, budget and survival classes.

#10 Survival & First Aid

All forms of survival, prepping and first aid, including wilderness first aid, should be taught to everyone. Survival without tech and during disasters or live shooting events – all of it. Gardening, self-defense, and firearms overlap with this class, too. The Dangerous Book for BoysThe American Boys Handy Book,  The Field and Forest Handy Book: New Ideas for Out of Doors would be a great, fun start! Of course, The Organic Prepper makes a great curriculum – hi, homeschoolers!

#11 Speed Reading (But with Deep Comprehension)

Speed reading is not the same as skimming. Many people have been taught to skim haphazardly because of the Internet, new gadgets and pressure to multi-task. This study shows that skimming is actually not a great way to comprehend more. Speed reading removes “subvocalization” while reading, and it can be done while maintaining comprehension.

#12 Self-Defense

Both with and without firearms. It would include boundaries, situational awareness, and improvisation.

#13 Crash Course on How Government Works

People are told to go out and vote but a lot of them don’t even know much about the positions they are voting on. I wish School House Rock had kept up the government songs! “I’m just a bill…

#14 Creativity

Our linear-thinking and tech-driven world is rapidly extinguishing right-brain thought, and that is a travesty. Our creative force needs to be ablaze at all times and should never be downgraded or snuffed out.

#15 Household & Basic Car Mechanic Repairs

Why are these skills not taught to everyone? Learn to be handy and be independent from others while putting thousands of savings toward paying down a house. A lot of people are afraid to try, but only because they weren’t taught and may be afraid to ask for help.

#16 Time Management, Focus, and Productivity

Multi-tasking is a proven fraud. In a world driven to distraction, the art of focus is priceless in the working world. Maximized time is a maximized life.

#17 How to Read Literature With Deeper Understanding

Let’s face it: high school makes a lot of people hate books. Something tells me that’s the real reason why 1984 is mandatory reading. Who actually remembers the deeper message later in life? Curriculum: The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer is a straight-forward, wonderful guide through the classical education most of us never got.

#18 Entrepreneurship, Career & Starting a Business in a Gig Economy

This is a crucial skill desperately needed in a changing job landscape. It could teach sales skills for all different personality types. And hey, wouldn’t it be great to cultivate what your passions are instead of being wedged into categories by those career assessments?

#19 Etiquette

Seriously. Make. This. A. Class.

#20 Social Skills

Social skills are different than etiquette and manners. It involves picking up on cues and tone, and knowing how to appropriately respond in different situations. There is dating etiquette and there is also dating social skills. These are just as important as having social awareness on the job.

#21 Study & Deep Research

Why do 12 years of school without first learning this key element?

#22 How to Selectively Make Real Friends

An elective class to win GOOD friends and influence people. Networking. Watching out for red flags in relationships. School is basically a big bullpen where you’re with the same people every day for 12 years. And they think homeschoolers aren’t “socialized”? Sheesh! Plus, social media gives the false impression of connection without much selectivity.

#23 Effective Communication & Writing

So apparently this is being taught now, but…is it really?

#24 Resume & Cover Letters

Firstly, a lot of people do not know how to craft these. And secondly, most of them are thrown into the trash or get lost in cyberspace. The soul-crushing job application process needs a serious makeover, but until that happens, people need to learn how to write an attention-grabbing human-voiced resume that gets that foot in the door.

#25 Understanding Credit Cards, Bills, Taxes, House/Car Purchases, Student Loans, Insurance

This is a much-needed course, unfortunately. This class would help students avoid predatory financial practices instead of being ushered right into them. Day 1: teacher cuts up all credit cards in a class demonstration.

Last but not least….a bonus that is only being sort of taught apparently?


If people want to let their government charge trillions to lob bombs into another country, then by Jove, they’d better be able to point it out on a map… I’m being darkly facetious, but seriously, geography is important.

It may even drive a wanderlust to explore, and the government doesn’t want that. We were always at war with Eurasia!

What electives would you like to see taught in school?

I was tempted to put some other electives on the list like “Relationship Skills by Interviewing Elderly Couples” or “Why TV Sucks” but I realize that these fall outside the realm of objectivity and belong in class #1: Individual Thought.

Would you like it if schools taught some of the skills above? Which ones are your favorites? Did I leave any important skills out of the mix? Leave your nominations below!

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    • deano

      YES. Finally! Basic Life Skills NOT being taught!………Etiquette? (3/4 of the world eat with their fingers). NO. Garbage for elite!!

      LIFE! LIFE on this planet! A dangerous environment (natural disasters, predators, food acquisition). The very 1st thing, is survival. All teachings are null & void if you die, so to live, survive, the 1st thing is…….”What could possibly kill me?”. We must EMPHASIZE, and DRUM this into the little ones. Before they start anything…..we have to make them THINK > “Could this possibly kill me?”.

      And education is being AWARE of all the dangers, and how to prioritize. Think Pros + Cons. Yes, the Pros are good, and the eventual goal, BUT if a Con can kill you getting there…..its pointless. The “Cons” is the priority. Knowing all the dangers. Once the child is aware, he can have strategys/methods to avoid or block . So if that danger occurs, he already knows what to do. If attempting something just has to many dangers……..well just avoid completely!! ( ie…..dont swim in there, its full of sharks, crocodiles….or toxic….or dangerous currents etc)

      We must give the children easily grasped examples in real life. Example > “A walk in that wilderness”. Does the child know of all the potential things that could kill him/her just walking down that bush track? (Snakes? Predators? The scorpion under that rock? Dead branches falling from above? etc)
      I know this sounds very basic…….but if the child is AWARE(educated) …..all these things can be avoided, blocked, or the child knows what to do if they occur. Because they know the “Cons”, they can reach that goal, the “Pro” (the lookout, swimminghole, mntn peak).

      UNFORTUNEATELY, we have lost one of our very first storys, and all Christians should pay attention. THE ROGUE WOLF !

      A wolf pack is lead by the alpha males and females. All members must contribute as a team , for the good of all. (socialism) Its not the fastest, strongest or meanest that leads. It is the “intelligent” ones. The ones that have learned, and know its a balance of all these things. Yes , we could chase them all day……but lets corner that herd into that box-canyon…..where they will be easy pickings.
      The alpha uses his intelligence and cunning. (you chase, we will block that exit, the she-wolves can grab them in those trees!)

      HOWEVER, once in a while, there is a ROGUE wolf, not part of the team. He doesnt want to join in the hunt, he would rather eat the babys in the den. He is ‘sick’, and a threat to the very survival of the whole pack.
      Yes, the alphas might drive him away (exiled from the pack)…….but the she-wolf mothers, will not sleep. At any time, that ROGUE could come back and eat the babys.
      For the good of the pack, a sacrifice must be made. To end the anxiety and ever present threat. Just kill that ROGUE(sick/diseased) wolf for the good of all. He could possibly join with other exiled Rogues, and eat all the babys…..he just has to go.

      UNFORTUNEATELY, Christians, this is what has happened to the human pack. We have not been aware of the Rogues, the sick, the predators that would rather prey on our children…….and we need to eradicate them, make a sacrifice, for the good of all.

      Our very education system, is Aristolian Philosophy. The pedagogues(teachers) and the pedophiles of the Lyceum. (think LYCANS !)
      We are now run by the rogue , sick wolves………who prey on the children. And stupidly(unaware of the danger), we even hand our children to them in this idea of education. We hand our orphans to them. (think that baby left in front of the church doors!!!)

      This is the “Wolves in sheep clothing”…..”the boy who called wolf”…..or “wolf in grandma’s clothes” of Red Riding Hood. The REAL story has been twisted. We have forgotten that these ‘sick,virus,diseased” must be sacrificed for the good of all.
      Because they hide behind the good name of Jesus…….men in frocks…..they are CAMOFLAGED, and the more Trannys we have, the more these sickos can blend in, without being easily spotted. Transgender toilets? Homophobia? …….dont be decieved.

      Pedophilia is UNDEFENDABLE. We use to make examples by exiling or place on a stake to make an example. How quick Christians forget of those others beside Jesus on the crucifixs. Examples to others…..and give them some time to think about their criminal actions.
      If we just exile these crims, they band together and come back in force. This is what has happened……and these Greek sickos, conquered the world via Alexander, and destroyed or confiscated all our old texts…..and turned it into that Babble book.

      Evidence?…..a quick look at old B&W group photos of NUNs. Brides of Christ?……or wolves in sheeps clothing, the habit…..that covers their adams apple, and big mens feet.
      Poor old “Nonna” might hand little Antonio to the nice young female virgin nun at the convent gate…..OBLIVIOUS, that hiding in that convent……is a wolf in the sheeps clothing…..a sick,diseased predatory wolf…..that wants to PREY.

      This is the story….the basic life skill…..the danger of human society…..we have all forgotten. We need to ERADICATE these sick humans, for the good of all.
      THINK! How quick would we quickly cut off a diseased(gangreene) finger….a willing sacrifice….so that we can live, survive?

      WE NEED TO CUT THIS CANCER OUT OF OUR SOCIETY. Pizzagate and other revelations have shown this CANCER is spreading….

      and unfortuneately, the origin hides behind the good name of Jesus………or Celibacy. And completely controls the whole education system. A child does not have the life experience to RECOGNIZE that that grandma… really a MAN in a frock, and a PREDATOR.

      THINK! How many storys have we heard of that scary, brutal NUN…..that terrorizes the Catholic children….and really hurts when it hits you with a cane or belt?…….makes sense if you are AWARE. I was terrified of that ugly grandma at “Scripture Class”…….what a deep voice she had…..what big feet and ankles she had……(but that grey wig and dress, meant she was a grandma….and must be good)

      Pros and cons. Dont keep your eyes on the prize….the Pro you desire. First, be aware of all the Cons… might possibly kill you.

      and the biggest CON (con job by convicts) ……is trusting these men in frocks, or men in habits….WOLVES IN the Sheep fleece, or the SHEPARD is really the WOLF……the Rogue Predator………let us PREY?

    • deano

      censorship……truth hurts does it?

    • Redlist Renegade

      Number 26 ; How to pull your millinial head out of you proverbial ass 101 !!!

    • JuliaO

      Are you interested in a new ideas for an essay? Have a look here!




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