Today’s education system is seriously flawed. It focuses on teaching rather than learning. However, most of what we learn before, during, and after attending schools is learned without its being taught to us. A child learns such fundamental things as how to walk, talk, eat, dress, and so on without being taught these things. Adults learn most of what they use at work or at leisure while at work or leisure. Most of what is taught in classroom settings is forgotten, and much or what is remembered is irrelevant.
“Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth learning can be taught.” — Oscar Wilde
But it is never late to know what you do not know. Read on to find out 10 Life Skills Not Taught In School, which are valuable in life.
1. How to Converse:
Communication skills have always been and will continue to be an essential skill. It is required in every aspect of our life. Conversing with loved ones, dates, friends, spouses, neighbours, acquaintances, etc., all require certain social norms and boundaries to be observed.
Teach yourself: 11 Tips to be a Brilliant Conversationalist
2. Time Management:
Having the ability to effectively manage your time is an essential life skill. Time efficiency is not only helpful in school, it is increasingly valuable as we get older. For the older, we get the less time we will have.
Teach yourself: 21 Time Management Tips to Hack Productivity
3. The importance of expressing ourselves:
Expressing ourselves effectively is important in all areas of our lives. We did it al the time when we were little, but now we don’t as much as we should. Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways. And that is why it is so important.
Teach yourself: 3 Tips to Get Out of Your Head and Start Expressing Yourself
4. Finding A Job:
The two goals of education: making students knowledgeable and preparing them to be self-sufficient and contribute to the society, i.e. job. Moreover, it would especially help students if they were taught how to successfully go about finding a job, applying for a job, building a resume etc.
Teach yourself: How to write a successful resume
5. Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health:
“A sick thought can devour the body’s flesh more than fever or consumption.”― Guy de Maupassant
Without being mentally healthy, students won’t be to live their lives to the fullest because of the weight of mental health struggle, especially today when every other student is suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression. Yet schools do little to educate students on this matter.
Teach yourself: 10 ways To Beat Stress
Good manners imply stable values. They do not depend on social structures; rather all kinds of social structures depend on them.
Teach Yourself: How To Have Good Manners
7. How To Handle Money:
In this age, could there be a more crucial skill than knowing how to manage your money? Surprisingly, schools do little to prepare students for their financial futures.
Teach yourself: 20 Money Saving Tips
8. How to Get Back Upon Failure:
“Falling down is a part of life. Getting back up is living.”
We all fail at something at some point in our lives. Failure is a part of success. If you are afraid of failure and do not put yourself in situations where you might fail, then you will never succeed at anything meaningful.
Teach yourself: 11 Ways To Handle Failure & Get Back On Your Feet
9. Dealing with Grief:
Sometimes life beats us down. It is that moment that you have to get up and emerge as a much stronger version of yourself.
Teach yourself: How to Cope with Loss and Pain
Is home delivery the only option available when your parents are out? School did not see it coming. But now that you know, learn a few basic dishes and be your own hunger saviour.
Teach yourself: Quite literally. Ask a parent or a friend for help. Or maybe even videos or recipes on the internet could be your guide.
What are other things you’ll never learn in school? Post them in the comments below. We’d love to read them!