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    Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    created by TropicalTornado 7 days 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Hello!

    I have heard numerous times that high schoolers think that they are learning useless math equations and should be learning more realistic things.
    What should these classes be?

    Should they be required?

    Thanks!

    Kendall

    Re: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Aloha Kendall,

    Great topic! I absolutely think that we need to require classes on taxes, keeping a budget, resume building, job skills and other "life-stuff" that not everyone learns from their parents. There is lots of information in school that proves to be rather useless in the real world. Some things may seem like common sense but that is not always the case so I think it would be important to really get back to the basics and offer courses that are tailored to what students need to know as they grow up and enter adulthood.

    Thanks for reading!

    - Wanderer

    Re: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Hi Kendall,

    My high school did offer some of these type of classes although not enough of them. However, for those going to college, colleges are not looking at whether you can cook or budget or pay taxes, etc. Most of the college-bound kids at my school filled their class schedule with AP and other college classes or Honors classes or some other class that would make them stand out such as a theater or music performance class. We were so stressed as a result.

    We were required to take a home ec class in middle school but I'm not sure how much of that stuck!

    Thanks for the forum.

    Kasey

    Re: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Hi, well I don't know about other schools but in my school, we were required to take a life skills class where we learned about budgets, check writing, planning a meal, stocks and taxes. I feel that we need to incorporate vocational skills or tracks into schools so those kids who do not want to go to college can learn a trade and do a running start type program their junior and senior year of high school to then apprentice with a business.

    - W

    Re: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Hello Kendall!

    I agree at times in high school we are learning point less equations or even reading pointless books! I felt even though I did take Consumer Economics I did not learn much from just taking one class. So yes I believe that we should offer more classes that have to do with everyday life!

    Have a good day!

    -Madison

    Re: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Hey Kendall,

    I think high school curriculums would greatly be improved if more life skills classes were offered. I'm amazed at what people don't know how to do exiting high school. In hindsight, there were a lot of things I had to learn as I went along. I also think work-study programs are a great idea for seniors who have finished their core school work early. Helping kids get work experience while in high school would be a great tool for kids, and it would help them later on in life because at least they'd have a job to start off at, learn from, and work their way up if they so chose.

    Thanks for the forum!
    Megan

    Re: Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?

    Hi Kendall,
    Great topic. I feel like I would have benefited greatly from courses like that. I felt like I made a lot of financial mistakes when I was 18-22 that I am still trying to recover from, my biggest one being student loans. I wish I would have fully understood the consequences of borrowing that kind of money with crazy interest rates. That is one thing I really plan on instilling in my children. How to make SMART financial decisions.

    Thanks!
    Morgan

    Should we require home-ec, taxes, etc. in school?: In Moderation

    TropicalTornado,

    I'm definitely on the fence for what amount of time should be devoted to teaching life skills; perhaps, students could take two periods of class a week for learning concrete ways to succeed later in life. On the other hand, with a quick search of the internet, a person could easily research how to create a budget (standard versus in line with cash flows, etc.), how to prepare taxes (or follow the simple step-by-step instructions on a preparation software like TurboTax or file free via the IRS website below income limits), and watch videos on how to prepare a variety of dishes. I don't think it would hurt to teach life skills in primary education just to get students thinking about what they might face when they're on their own. I'm 100% on board with what MorganP06 said about student loans though. Everyone should either be taught the consequences of interest in high school or be required to pass a somewhat rigorous test before being approved for FAFSA to ensure understanding...

    I would like to see more diversification of physical education classes. Oftentimes, we played team sports during that period and our instructors neglected to demonstrate personal workout techniques like weight-lifting, yoga, etc. Where the nuances between different techniques are so subtle and one way means success while the other means injury, the realm of physical education (which is theoretically to teach everyone how to stay in shape) could use some revamping.

    I don't think that we are wasting time learning useless equations and reading useless books. Sure, though I haven't used every equation I learned in high school, most of that knowledge built a foundation for what I learned in college. Because my degree was science based with a moderate component of math, I recognize that not everyone might choose to follow that path; however, challenging ourselves by reading literature and solving complex equations, provides development of skills that allow us to see beyond just black and white regardless of future career path. Speaking of career paths, I also really liked Wames' idea regarding fast track to technical schools. By opting out of taking elective classes like music, media, or shop, a student could have ample time to get a jump start on a trade or skilled craft.