Necessary life skills not taught in school

Children have a lot to learn in school. Sometimes, the life skills needed for them to succeed outside of school aren’t taught.  

That’s why the years immediately following high school can be some of the most emotionally difficult for young adults.

Traditional subjects are important, but I am going to list seven other subjects I think students and emerging adults need.

  1. Speed-reading: the technique of speed-reading will not make us smarter but can be very useful.  Children and young adults will always come across a great deal of information and it is very useful to know how to find the main meaning of a text.

  2. Time management: time remains the most valuable and irreplaceable resource. Therefore, it is simply necessary to be able to manage your time. It would help many people who tend to put things away for later. Most of our plans are wasted because we simply do not have enough time. Many adults deal with this by reading books on time management and advanced productivity training. So why not start early and teach time management in high school

  3. Ability to learn: modern technologies change the world so fast that the old methods are no longer effective. Today, it is better to know where and how to get information fast rather than memorizing facts. Children learn a great deal, but it is important to know how to process information. You may also call this critical thinking. Young people are likely the most adept at learning new technologies, and could also apply this skill to other topics

  4. Financial management: how many high school students (or adults for that matter) know much about bank lending, home budgets, or balance sheets? Soon enough they will learn from their mistakes. So we should teach them early by using real-life examples in math class and focusing on financial literacy

  5. Communication skills: any interaction with people requires communication. Children and young adults need to be able to formulate thoughts clearly, negotiate and hold a respectful discussion. The ability to express ideas and persuade, but also to listen and compromise are critical communication skills that are best learned early.   

  6. Mental health: many people cannot realize their potential due to angst or lack of confidence. Children should learn to identify and cope with stress. The ability to take care of one’s mental well-being will help to prevent depression and solve many other problems.

  7. Professional orientation: perhaps this is the most important skill students are taught. Rather than what career to pursue, which college to attend, or what certificate to obtain—we could teach students how to identify their strengths and find activities in life that connect their passion to their abilities.

About the author: Melisa Marzett and her current work at Skywriting Service, original custom papers, makes her who she is. She’s a splendid guest article writer who is always in search for more guest post opportunities. She has always enjoyed writing since early childhood and she believes she is going to keep writing until she gets ancient.