A good school promises to equip its students with knowledge that can be applied in the real-world they're to be thrust into. It educates them on many fronts: the technical knowledge of the field they wish to join, and the responsibilities they're meant to hold as future global citizens. Some important life skills and duties of what a student intakes during school is used in certain situations, such as calculating tips, writing a letter, or even reading a tool guide or a recipe.
Schools may provide functional education to students that graduate from its administration, but the lack of practical knowledge makes them prey to companies and online agencies that swindle them of talent and money. A student is not only supposed to know technical know-how with regard to subjects they would soon major in, but are also expected to know how to navigate through the world as young adults.
Keeping in mind the importance this would serve the student community, here's a list of 6 subjects we think should be taught in schools:
Not knowing what you eat has been a perennial problem for students in school. Without the right nutrition, a human being would not be able to reach their full potential. With the rising numbers of children diagnosed with obesity and diabetes at such young ages, the importance of nutrition has only increased. It is a school's responsibility to educate children on the importance of a balanced diet, the amount of sodium, potassium and vitamins they're supposed to intake on a daily basis, and what they are and are not supposed to eat.
Nutrition doesn't just cover the food on an individual's plate. As maintaining a healthy body and mind require food and exercising, schools should make a single sport compulsory for students to pursue. Exercising, as we all know, come with a bucket of advantages. Promoting a healthy and active environment a student thrives in should be part of a school's curriculum.
It doesn't matter how much you earn, if you are not aware of how to save what you get. Budgeting comes in two parts: preparing a budget, and then adhering to it. Schools in India require students to study economics and the Indian economy, but while teachers try to get facts and the market through to their students, these don't essentially prepare them for what they would be facing.
Budgeting enables financial stability and security, which lead to financial success. This would teach students to refine their saving strategies to better help them lead their individual lives. It all comes down to being aware of the Do's and Don'ts, and as most students in the age group of 16-18 would want to know more about money management, it is essential that they be taught this knowledge.
When students graduate school, and enroll themselves in college, they're exposed to a lot of terms they wish they knew. One of these terms is credit, and for good reason. Credit card companies exploit this lack of knowledge in students as many of them arrive on-campus without a clue of what credit is, resulting in disastrous consequences.
Credit card debt is the fastest growing among students of the 18-24 age group. Also, from the years 1982-2011, credit card debt among this age group has more than doubled, with individuals in the 25-34 age group in debt increasing over 50 percent. Taking better care of students and teaching them meaningful lessons is the responsibility of schools and administrations.
Probably one of the most important use of practical knowledge, as this can help save someone's life. A student will never know when or where the first-responders will be at such a time. As time during such dire situations is of the essence, a school should equip a student with the right hands-on experience to help a person in a life or death situation.
First aid for situations such as strokes, heart attacks, concussion, dehydration, exhaustion and other dangerous medical scenarios, need to be taught to students to make them responsible, independent and young adults who are able to take care of themselves as well as the surrounding people.
When reading through an insurance policy, even the most experienced of adults have trouble in understanding the terms and prose written on paper, and require a trusted and reliable source to skim through the language to understand the points stated.
Students leaving home need to be equipped with solid understanding of this before enrolling in buying a car, a house, health, or renter's insurance policies of their own. Knowing the right kind of questions to ask can provide a student with way more information than what they seek. What is also important is disputing unfair claims and how to defend one's rights as a customer. And before becoming a victim to such insurance policies, it is best if they know how to protect themselves from the beginning.
Probably one of the most talked about topics of education and awareness, creating social media awareness is of extreme importance for the current generation. With millions of people on websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, students are exposed to a number of people from different backgrounds. Self-regulation is a vital lesson to learn with regard to internet safety.
It can be rather difficult to as a parent to cope with your child's tech-savvy knowledge, which would make you feel incapacitated in trying to regulate their online activity. Schools should provide classes on internet safety and how a student should exist safely on the internet. From avoiding over-sharing and accidentally hitting the "Reply All", to maintain privacy and preserving one's public reputation, students should follow safe online lives while going through the motions of the real world.