By far the most popular answer from our Facebook followers related to
personal money management—a class that would cover all the financial issues that are an inherent part of adulthood, from living within your means to paying your taxes. Commenter Kirsten Rivera laid out her plans for the perfect class: "Personal finance. Including but not limited to ins and outs of credit cards, interest, credit (scores, reports, etc.), mortgages, long and short term loans, bankruptcy, foreclosure, savings, homebuying and student loan debt management." Photo: Jamie Grill/Getty Images
Home economics isn't widely taught anymore, but some believe that failing to teach kids how to properly manage a home is doing them a huge disservice.
Skills like cooking and nutrition, sewing and design, and light home repair (all hands-on activities that young adults now struggle to learn on their own) were once part of the home ec curriculum. As reader Eron Hayes writes, "People need to know how to cook and clean for themselves, manage a budget, [and] shop smartly..." Photo: Echo/Getty Images
A number of commenters want to see a class that promotes an appreciation for different cultures from around the world, including how to address conflicts with those cultures while maintaining a respectful attitude. Sondra Murphy even devised a class description: "Cross-cultural perspectives, with a working partnership with a classroom of peers in another country. It would help expand critical thinking and get students to consider different world perspectives."
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Teaching students about entrepreneurship can not only widen their future job prospects, but also empower them to become more self-reliant. Robert Orozco was among the Facebook followers who suggested a class in the entrepreneurial arts. "We spend our entire school career learning how we can fit the roles of jobs that others have made for us. If we taught people how to make their own jobs, we wouldn't have such high unemployment rates." Photo: Peter Muller/Getty Images
Mindfulness training in the form of meditation can bring with it a host of
mental and physical benefits, including increased focus and lower levels of stress. As Facebook reader Heather VanDen Hoek writes, "Meditation is a good one!!!! Amazing how 10 min of being quiet & relaxing the brain can help refocus the young minds of tomorrow." Photo: Kristian Sekulic/Getty Images
Another popular suggestion among our Facebook followers centered around developing students' manners and emotional intelligence. Many believe a class like that could cut down on school bullying and empower kids to advocate for those who are socially isolated. As Facebook follower Marie O'Shea so succinctly put it, "Manners, Compassion, and
Empathy. In other words, character development." Photo: Stretch Photography/Getty Images
Teaching kids how to be of service to their communities—through activities like cleaning up parks, working at soup kitchens, or donating their time to an animal shelter—shows them that even seemingly small actions matter, and that they have the power to positively impact the world around them. Our community member Traci Bishop writes, "
Service Learning...a class where they learn how to serve their community & enables them to make decisions about their community both inside & outside of the school walls." Photo: HeroImages/Getty Images
Other Facebook responses focused on
the importance of honest and comprehensive sex ed classes, but some took it further to include relationships in general—picking a suitable partner, defining consent, and establishing your own family values.
A number of our readers also believe kids should be taught parenting classes. Holly Hiller writes that an honest parenting class, "might prevent more teen births than Sex Ed class does."
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9 Quotes About Teaching That Might Actually Make You Miss the Classroom
This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH , produced by TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.
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