Typing class was probably the most important class I ever took in high school. Back then, they called it “Keyboarding”.
Without it, I’d be the “hunt & peck” guy on his computer/laptop/etc.
Thankfully, I learned how to type, and 25+ years later, I use that skill almost every single day.
I feel like I had a good cross-section of classes when I was in school. Obviously, there’s a lot of shit you HAVE to take, like English, math, etc…..but I also took some shop classes, Home Ec, and French.
I took five years of French. And now look at me. What a waste.
However, I grew up on the East Coast, and in the 80’s & 90’s, French was more prevalent in our local communities than Spanish. Thankfully, I also took a couple of years of Spanish, so I’ve got a tiny bit of that under my belt.
There’s a lot of garbage that I learned that I’ve never used in my adult life, and there’s PLENTY of things I wish I’d learned back then that would certainly help me now.
Even though I took Economics, the ability to invest and understand the markets could be an immensely helpful ability.
According to a new survey, 83% of parents think schools should spend more time teaching important “life skills” to go along with all the standard bullshit.
The top 10 life skills we wish we’d learned are:
- How to save money
- How to budget & organize your finances
- How to invest
- How to take care of your mental health
- How taxes work
- How to be confident
- How to cook basic meals
- How to start a business
- How to buy a house
- How to create a resume
Changing a car tire & learning to code were also in the top 20. Definitely a couple of possibly useful skills.
Check out the breakdown of the survey here.