FPQ104: Practical Magic


Fandango provocatively asks…

What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

Life 101. I think all teenagers should have a Practical Life course requirement. Part 1 of the class would teach basic life skills such as cooking simple meals, safely using tools and appliances, sewing on a button, budgeting, learning how a car works, etc. The second part would teach teens how to behave in a job interview, how to avoid scams, and how to avoid dangerous confrontations online and offline, including red flags to watch out for (this isn’t limited to romantic situations).

Actually, we all might benefit from such a class! 😂


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12 responses to “FPQ104: Practical Magic

  1. Seriously! I had Home Ec/Child Development in my sophomore year, but it really wasn’t helpful. I think they might want to start in 8th or 9th grade though. It’s better to start preparing kids earlier, rather than later.
    Ethics would be good to teach also. How many years of Algebra does the average person really need?🙄😂

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  2. I vote for how to manage one’s money. Most kids, after graduating from high school are clueless about money management. I know I was.

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  3. Life skills should indeed be taught. Balancing a check book, reading a TAX form, and reading and understanding the newspaper are all considered to be written at an 8th grade reading level. HA Kids need to know how to do their own laundry, budget money, shop, etc. Sadly, with testing being the most important thing to non educators in high places, I don’t see it being added to the curriculum.

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  4. That’s true Paula, we all might benefit!

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  5. Critical thinking and how to spot errors and fallacies in what you’re being told or what you yourself believe, particularly as to the availability heuristic, lazy thinking in general, and tribalism. Minimum 2-3 hours per week, every week, starting in 2nd or 3rd grade and a mandatory minimum through Masters or PhD level. Classify it under teaching kids “How To Not Think And Make Decisions Like A Particularly Stupid Chimp”.

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  6. I like Life 101. How to change a flat tire, how to manage money and understand interest rate and marketing ploys, how to spot fallacies, (critical thinking). Arithmetic–not math–done without calculators. Not exactly the question, but, probably turn the teachers’ pay scales upside down. Kindergarten through 3rd grade, $150,000 a year, decreasing as grades go upwards, hazard pay for middle school, and ending with college professors making 163.50 a week and cafeteria privileges. And, last but not least, how to do everything without cell phones or the Internet. Just in case. Maybe MAKE KIDS MEMORIZE THE TIMES TABLES. C’mon.

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