why aren't the basics taught?
in the standard k-12 education system it seems that we are neglecting the basics. for example when I went through high school no class was taught about filing taxes actually keeping a budget, no class was taught on basic interpersonal communication, no class was taught on personal behavioral management, and lets face it, our american sex ed is a joke. Instead we seem focused on things like endlessly studying the classics which are far from relevant now. we are drilling highminded ideas instead of basic human cooperation.
Its unfortunate but change is scary to many because of the effort involved. Additionally, being able to admit that society has evolved and the way we are teaching children today isn't sufficient can be equally difficult to admit. I will say for that I had some classes growing up that did go into some life skills training such as Home Economics (cooking, sewing, etc), we learned to manage a budget and balance a checkbook, etc
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The basics are taught in some schools that have Family and Consumer Science teachers or Career and Technology teachers. They are electives in some schools that are not required
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Citizens, parents,students, and teachers, need to complain to the government.
I challenge the answer that says the basics aren't being effectively taught, as I would challenge many basic skills aren't being taught at all. Teachers must teach what they are told to teach. If the basic skill is not in the curriculum, it can't be taught effectively, as the time can't be given to it. Teachers work hard.
Do not be discouraged, though, because you live in a world in which information and help are at your finger tips. Seek the skills you want, practice, seeks answers to your questions, and you will succeed.
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The focus is more on content and imparting the book knowledge rather than practical importance or giving daily life examples
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Some of those skills are taught by parents in some families.
The good news is, you can go on the internet and find help with taxes, banking, etc.
My question to the group is, why do people think that school is responsible for teaching things outside of math, english/grammar, science and history? When did society start depending on teachers to do these things? Its a serious question, because there are parents that absolutely don't want teachers doing anything outside of academic content. Then there are parents that hope we will teach so much more than academics. So where did this idea come from, and where do we draw the line?
Most formal education focuses on creating life-long learners, so that individuals understand how to located necessary information, how to digest it, and how to apply it in real life -- for as fast as this world is changing, we are always preparing students for the unknown! My own father died in 1971, but as a librarian, he indicated to me that one day, computers would bring us everything we need to know, if we just key into a computer the very topic we hope to learn about.
One source for financial information is an online course, EverFi, managed by Mass Mutual and the Federal Reserve. I am not sure of your age, but there are levels.
American education is complex, governed by federal and state budgets -- and by community norms. I hope you will find it within yourself to seek appropriate sources for the information you seek, and be skeptical about advertisements, as compared to factual information. Good luck in your pursuits!
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The system teaches kids what the system believes they need to know, rather that tailoring the curriculum to the needs and interests of individual students. This is a mistake. Sure, it's efficient. It's convenient and it's easy to manage. However, a standardized (one-size-fits-all) approach does more to aglient students, rather than to motivate them. The classics are wonderful. (I was a product of studying the classics.) But, do they teach you what you need, and want, to know based on your circumstanes and your aspirations?
If your answer is "no," I suggest the following. Go to a trusted teacher, counselor or administrator with this simple, and appropriate, request. "I want to to learn about personal finance, or realistic education regarding safe sexual practices, or (you fill in your specific interest.) What classs should I take, where do I go within our educational system to learn these things?"
You must ask. And, you must demand a relevant response. Otherwise, our system has let you down.
Your efforts to provide this to students is indeed a noble cause. Whatever help I can lend it to your efforts will be gladly volunteered
I believe the ‘basics ‘ have shifted many of the skills you seek would have been taught at home through parents but since both parents have to work the familial interaction has changed. Discussion groups formed with peers and teachers/ counselors can help and perhaps voicing your needs to a pta group
Care should be taken in the education of children, what are the requirements of children, each child has the ability to get different, for that it is necessary to understand the mental abilities of the child.
Unfortunately, it fails to look at the whole student. These tests are only a snapshot in time, and indeed do not prepare our youth for basic life skills.
Reading and self educating is a great way to make up for this gap. Reaching out to elders and asking for advice is also great if you have access to someone who can assist you.
I see a lot of people saying this was taught at their school. If schools have the funding, I’m sure they set aside time for it.
Having worked in the inner city for 4 years I noticed majority of the schools here do not. In fact, many students are below reading level for their grade. This is a huge problem. How can we expect students to self teach, if it’s difficult to comprehend the content?
Someone also mentioned that change is scary. I agree. There are amazing best practices out there that would revamp the whole education system as we know it. But they are being ignored by policy makers and government officials who are unlikely to have prior education experience. Teachers know what to do. Let them teach and advocate for the changes they need.
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