April 7, 2008Last updated on November 5, 2016
In Argentina I talked with Kareem about how jacked the education system is. My buddy Jared gave me a life-changing book called Teaching as a Subversive Activity that reflects the problem of schools and great ways to improve them.
My question for readers is what is the real education of what you wish you would have learned in school. Let’s create our dream school. I have some suggestions that I think are vastly more valuable than geometry or other pointless things I hardly remember.
Personal Finance: It’s funny how many people assume since I was a business and econ major that I know something about personal finance. I only learned cause my step-father was active in it and encouraged me to do the same. So many people face credit-card debt (or don’t have a credit card which infuriates me), aren’t sure what a Fico score is and multiple other core financial issues. It should be required to learn this to graduate high school.
Health: So many overweight people in America and we do hardly anything about it. We have PE which is running around a track and counting how many pull-ups you can do. Why not show the importance of showering everyday (is that important?)? How to cook for yourself, which foods to eat and why and the reasons to do different physical fitness.
Relationships: This includes personal and professional. How do you hold a conversation? How do you meet a life partner and treat them well? So many things that you experience in life that having a little practice with couldn’t hurt.
What else do you wish you learned in school?