I guess one can say that its a shame that it has come down to this, but one class today’s young generation needs is a class about basic life essentials, otherwise better know as common sense classes. Maybe its a class that wouldn’t be offered until later in high school but its a class that is needed.As the last few years have shown us, the need for such a class has never been greater.
Currently schools are structured to provide education in a manner which prepares students for a continued higher education, and we don’t disagree with that premises of getting students headed towards colleges and universities. However, the reality is that not everyone will get a college degree, the drop out rates are high. Additionally, even attaining a college degree doesn’t preclude individuals from needing common sense.
What would a common sense class be like and what would it teach?
The common sense class would teach the things people need to survive in life, for example.
Always have a plan B - Life is full of curves and you never know when the next one will be through at you, therefore you always need to be prepared. Such has that you need to have 6 months of cash on hand for any emergencies that may come along.
Knowing the difference between good and bad debt – Aspirations of bling and rims are great if your Bill Gates but no so if your average joe, Aspirations of owning your own house are. Buying rims on credit is bad debt, buying your house which will appreciate in value while paying off the debt is good. Taking on debt to go to school which leads to a higher paying job is good. However, if you drop out before attaining your degree that debt will quickly turn bad.
Speaking of owning a house – Past performance is not an indicator of future performance, just because the house marking increased by 20% last year doesn’t mean you should expect it to increase by that amount next year. You also shouldn’t gamble with the value of your house by hoping to flip it or buying a house bigger then you could afford by using an interest only loan. That’s what got the United States into the economic mess that its in.
People should be also thought how to balance a checkbook, cooking meals at home is more healthy and makes more sense cost wise then eating out, that you should look at saving money when ever possible for example, when companies like Clinique offer a Clinique Bonus Time promotion its wise to take advantage of them or that purchasing some items in bulk is cost effective.
I guess schools think these items will be thought in life, or that they shouldn’t be teaching these types of life lessons to students, however, history has shown us that many people are not learning them in life or from their parents because as a whole, we have taken a step back with common sense. Our education system needs reforms, maybe during those reforms creating more life classes can be part of those reforms.