I have to admit I didn’t really enjoy school, and I didn’t really put my all into concentrating in lessons. My mind would drift off onto other things. I mean why did I need to know the life cycle of a flower, or trigonometry? I much preferred catching up with my friends and playing ‘love, marry, avoid!’
What should they teach
- Money Management – taught from a young age through pocket money, role playing such as playing shop keeper, bills, savings, taxes, mortgages and budgeting.
- Nutrition – what is good nutrition, what your body needs and how to read the labels on products.
- Basic Cooking – I am not the best cook and I hate this fact. I had to teach myself how to cook and I am still not brilliant and make many mistakes but I am quite proud that I am able to cook a Sunday dinner for four people. Surely basic cooking skills would be more important than learning what the boiling point of water is? (…It’s when it makes those little bubbles, why do I need to know the temperature?!)
- Health and Fitness
- Survival skills – for example if you find yourself in deep water you should float not try to swim and use up all your energy, how to treat wounds – basic first aid and maybe even self-defence.