12 practical things that should be taught in school
Everyone is familiar with that moment of fear when we are confronted with a real world obstacle that the quadratic formula did not prepare us for.
Of course, we can’t expect to learn everything about life in school, but wouldn’t it be great if we spent less time learning about Oxford commas and more time learning practical skills?
We asked our employees and the TrackR Insiders community for some topics they wished they learned in school. Check out some of the ideas they shared below:
1. How to do taxes
Unless you work for the IRS, it’s unlikely you actually know how taxes work. They’re so complicated and constantly evolving. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a seminar in high school that taught you how to file your taxes so you don’t have to live in fear of being audited?
2. How to understand a credit score
We all know credit scores are super important. There are all kinds of low budget commercials and sketchy ads online that tell us it’s important. They also tell us that we can get a free credit score. Why is it free? Why would I be charged? I think we could all benefit from understanding how a credit score works and what we can do to keep it up.
3. How to create a budget
When I was a kid, I used to watch my mom balance her checkbook every month. She was a master at keeping all of her information organized with only a cheap calculator, a pen and a legal pad. I’ve tried just about every app and platform available and I am still struggling to create a budget!
4. How to grow a 401K and invest wisely
A lot of us know a 401K is something that’s important for retirement – and that’s about it. What’s the difference between an index fund and a mutual fund? How does compound interest work?
5. How to cook
The amount of time I spend watching Tasty videos on Facebook should make me a culinary expert. Sadly, that is not the case. I would have loved taking a class in high school where they taught basic recipes and kitchen skills.
6. How to ace an interview
If you plan on working at any point in your life, odds are you are going to experience the dreaded interview process. It’s stressful for everyone. I would have rather spent time practicing interview skills instead of dissecting a frog!
7. How to drive a car
Sadly, it looks like self-driving cars aren’t going to be a reality any time soon. So shouldn’t there be classes to teach us all how to drive properly? And let’s be clear – just because you passed the driver’s test doesn’t mean you’re actually a good driver. I have a feeling the tips my dad taught me aren’t actually the legal rules of the road.
8. How to fix car troubles
Anything beyond filling up a car with gas is outside my area of car expertise. Changing the oil, replacing the battery, fixing a flat tire – these are all important to general car care. I would have gladly swapped watching Forrest Gump for the tenth time in U.S. History in eleventh grade (yes, this actually happened) for learning how to take care of a car!
9. How to think critically
How many times did you stay up late memorizing various keywords and facts just to get through a test? Then the second the test is over it feels like all the information just floats out of your head. That is a sure sign that you didn’t really learn anything! Everyone could benefit from a class that explored how to approach a problem and think critically to find a solution.
10. How to code
Programming is going to be an important part of the future of the evolving workforce. In fact, a study by Burning Glass found that programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average. Learning to code should be part of the standard curriculum for all students.
11. How to do edit photos and design graphics
Did you know photo editing software does more than just help you make awesome memes? Thanks to social media, imagery is becoming an essential part of our daily existence. I would have loved to learned some graphic design principles and software when I was in high school.
12. How to take care of a home
At some point in their lives, most people end up buying their own home. It’s exciting and scary at the same time! There’s a lot of responsibility – mortgages, insurance, repairs, yard work. Wouldn’t it have been great to learn how to do all those things in school?
So many things to learn yet so little time. Thank goodness we have the Internet to fill in the gaps. Ready to spend more time focusing on all the things you wanted to learn in school and less time searching for your wallet, keys and phone? You can save 15% off all orders with promo code SCHOOL.
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Caitie Gonzalez is a Content Producer at TrackR. She rarely loses things like her keys or wallet, but can't imagine life without her phone. More often than not her phone is on silent so the Phone Finder feature is her favorite!
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