What they should teach in school
We spend many years of our life at school, on average 12 years. On school desks we have the opportunity to learn geography, history, mathematics and in most cases we become a black belt of multiplication tables or excellent writers, thus being able to say that the didactic goal has been achieved.
Much of what is studied in books will be useful in professional life, and in any case also important for one’s cultural background. But as for real life, how does school prepare? Indeed, perhaps the most suitable question is: does school prepare for real life?
Does school prepare us to face life?
It is the idea of many that a major shortcoming of the school system is the failure to teach “the practice”, and it is something that very often emerges when approaching the world of work. But even more evident is that when the time comes to ” get away with it alone” without the help and support of the parents, one often realizes that the tools and knowledge to do it are lacking.
I’m not talking about knowing how to fix the washing machine when it breaks or how to keep the accounts of your company yourself, but trivially about how the tax system works, what healthy lifestyles are to avoid health problems, civic sense … of practical issues that concern us all closely.
The practical notions that the educational institution should provide are manifold, here are two cornerstones.
Financial and money management information
The topic of money, as well as that of sexuality, is still a taboo among school desks. Perhaps because associated with “sin” or perhaps not, it is a fact that unfortunately, even today, they are little addressed issues in the school environment.
It would instead be appropriate for young people to be immediately informed about what the financial laws are, the economy, but more trivially, they should be educated in what is a sensible management of money according to their needs and objectives. Understand the different savings or investment options, the difference between debts and credits, know the taxation regime of your country .
These are all issues that would make life much easier in the future. Mind you, I don’t mean that the school should teach how to get rich, but how much more to offer solid foundations to avoid trivial mistakes that could cost dearly.
Furthermore, teaching adequately notions about economic and financial management would also dispel the taboo linked to “social class” differences and low-income marginalization.
Physical well-being … and above all, psychological
There is well-being when there is balance between mind and body. Unfortunately, however, it is now certain that there is a great incidence of psychological malaise , especially among young people. A nsia and depression are the pathologies that most frequently afflict the population. Today, more than in the past, even young people are subject to strong social pressure , which very often comes from social media and other times instead, is due to requests for “performances” at school, in sports, in the peer group.
Excellence is expected from children and adolescents in every activity they engage in, forgetting their right to be themselves, which also includes not being perfect. Excellence is often a halt that risks investing in responsibility and performance anxiety. These situations, which do not allow you to live life lightly, which should be done by anyone, young people in particular, but also adults. Lightness which, however, should not be confused with superficiality.
We should raise awareness among young people, who will be tomorrow’s adults, to take care of their psychological well-being . It should be taught not to be afraid to seek help from a professional when you are in a difficult time. Still today there is a strong stigma towards psychological help , at other times , on the other hand, the impact that anxiety, stress, depression can have on quality of life is underestimated . By not addressing the problem at its inception, the risk is that this can sink its roots and determine a cascade of consequences.
Obviously in addition to this, it would be a good rule to teach young people to take care of their body, routing towards healthy lifestyles and emphasizing the importance of exercise. Let’s not forget also that today diseases like obesity and childhood diabetes are increasingly on the rise. This is an indication of the need for food education from an early age.
The school should provide the basics of correct eating habits. Highlighting the risks of an unbalanced diet, which is excessively restrictive or on the contrary rich in sugars and fats. It might seem trivial, but teaching how to read the nutritional labels on product packaging could be a great way to start making decisions that are friendly to your health.
And finally … it should teach you to never stop learning. It is necessary to live life with curiosity and with the feeling of never knowing enough.