Now, I am not saying my university has failed me, because I truly love where I go to school. I believe that there are things that I should be taught that will help me advance in life, things that need instruction because they are either not common sense items (i.e. need to be taught to us) or not everyone will get the chance to learn that particular valuable lesson in life.
Don’t get me wrong, I go to a university; a big state school to be precise. I am getting a college degree because in my field it will help me advance. However, I have learned more valuable lessons from my peers, from reading literature that is not assigned in a class and researching things on my own than I ever have in a classroom. While I don’t think school is a waste of mine or anyones time, there are certain things I don’t agree with, or think could be changed for the better.
I am twenty years old, I barely know how to do my taxes and have done them for three years now and every year I have to call up my mother and get her help because apparently thats not something we need to learn in school? I just signed a lease for my first apartment (hurrah!) and some of the terms on the agreement I had never even heard before. I don’t know how to write a check because 1. who uses checks anymore and 2. the last time someone showed me how to write a check I was in the fifth grade. In my opinion all of these things listed are valuable skills in life, and definitely not something that I should be thrown into without any prior instruction. so my question is, why aren’t we being taught basic valuable life skills that nearly everyone in america will come by in their life time? Instead we are being taught basic curriculum in classes we may not care about so we can be well rounded students (I for example really hate math). I just see a hard line to cross from having to ask your teachers for permission to do virtually anything, then being expected to have all of this knowledge on how to be independent.
Now, those are things that I think could easily be integrated into an academic course. I also believe there are things that people need to learn that aren’t so easy to place in a school setting, that being said we should still try. No one is ever really taught how to handle emotions, or the stress of dealing with the horror that is middle/high school. So many people are fumbling around not really sure how to handle what is going on in their own mind. And the problem with this type of situation not being addressed in school settings is virtually every single student will go through this at some point, thus making this a universally needed curriculum.
I know there are a lot of things I still need to learn, and I am learning so much here at my university. However I wish there were more resources for me to gain information rather than just googling a subject and hoping the article I am reading is correct. I graduate in December so its almost 100% likely I won’t be taught any of these things in a school setting anytime soon. So I will continue to just hope my internet articles are correct, and I encourage you if you have an interest in something you aren’t being taught to do some research because you can never learn too much.