I know there was a thread that was very similar to this but can't find it rn.
At the last student council meeting when they asked about clubs I suggested basically "how to adult" as an extra curricular where we learn basic stuff that doesn't come up in lessons but we still need to know and might not know already. On Friday 15th I'm pitching it to the deputy head teacher. I know there's student interest but I want to make sure I have a few decent, solid ideas I can put forward as session topics. I've got a couple of teachers (maths, english, food tech, textiles, hoping to recruit a few more) willing to give up a couple of lunchtimes to help out.
This is all really rough as is but so far I have:
How to write professional emails
CV building workshops (we don't have these. no clue why as it's both a high school and sixth form)
How to clean (how often to clean various parts of your house/when to switch products out/just sort of basic home maintenance)
How to mend clothes (rips, stains, general wardrobe malfunctions)
How to live off cheap food without getting scurvy
Not everyone in my school is completely clueless but most don't fully understand at least one of these. Is there anything I'm missing or anything that can be scrapped?
Your rights as a consumer.
The sex education at my school was absolutely appalling, primarily because the teachers weren't able to control a class of giggling 12-year-olds.
I wish there was more support for employability, though. My school was somewhat good at this but I know that other schools aren't the best.
I wish they taught these life skills: -Budgeting -How to handle mortgages -Employability skills(I.e C.V advice). -Careers advice (this was poor at school, and not much better when I went to college, more talks needed on university, higher apprenticeship etc.
Taxes, mortgages, interest rates, how insurance works, how to read payslips and what exactly gets deducted from your salary... basically personal finances.
careers - not much was spoken on them no one probably left with the ambition to become a doctor or engineer
further education - wasnt really explained well. i went to sixth form as did many others and was all abit alienating if wasnt interested in uni
personal finance (how to budget, index funds and savings accounts, how interest rates and mortgages work, stock/bonds and stock market, retirement)
proper careers advice (not the cliche, do a-levels, any uni degree and good career will be yours type of advice)
You have some good topics, but I think another thing to consider is how to make it engaging. My school teaches / tries to teach some of those, but they do it in such a boring way that most of the class just doesn't concentrate so it just ends up being wasted time.
I definitely think topics such as mortgages, budgeting, taxes, etc are extremely important, as well as employability skills such as CV writing, interview skills, etc.
They should remove Religious Education which is taught like 2 hours a week and replace it with life skills GCSE which includes basic religious knowledge. They should call it Life Skills Education GCSE. It could include learning about mortgages, taxes, religious knowledge, human rights, student loans, and discrimination.
So in 2015, I sat for the national high school examination in my country, which I managed to score over 80%. Then, my parents sent me to a college where I had to study for an irrelevant foundation program and an irrelevant diploma called HND. After trying so hard for 3 years and achieving significantly high grades in both of them, I started looking for a university to continue studying for a bachelor's degree.
That's where I slowly started to realize my whole life was a lie.
My high school examination results, foundation studies, and diploma are not accepted anywhere. I spent like 15 freaking years only to end up with a bunch of near-useless certificates that no admission officer at a good university would even take a look at.
I should have gone to an international school and did IGCSE instead of going to government high schools and sitting for this **** exam which is not even accepted as a year 10 level qualification.
Same for my foundation and diploma, instead of wasting 3 freaking years for those, I could have done A levels and SAT. A*AA in A levels + 1500 SAT + 3 SAT subject tests will definitely look super competitive to any university. Furthermore, I would be worrying less about finance as it will be a lot easier to get full rides with A levels + SAT than with my current irrelevant qualifications.
You wanna know what non academic stuff schools should teach you? Here is the answer: DO TEACH US HOW THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE WORLD WORKS NOWADAYS SO THAT WE WILL NOT END UP WASTING PRECIOUS YEARS OF OUR LIVES CHASING STUPID THINGS.
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