There are tons of people who would argue with me here (and I’m not sure why), as I say that public, as well as, private education is one of the most important things that you and your child can be a part of. Lots of people argue with me here because many think that school has become a waste of time, with no valuable life skills to be learned within the “cold” walls of the institution. This is where most are wrong. In the classroom, on the field, and in other school related activities there are tons of life skills to be learned, if you know where to find them. If anyone ever tells you that school is just a waste of time, then refer them to this article, and dazzle them with your soon to be newfound knowledge on the subject.
First let's talk about the life skills that you can learn by playing sports, or really, any other competition based club or group in school. Whether you tackle a football on the field, or answer faster than others in trivia, sports and other activities teach you how to lose. When many people think of skills that you can learn in school, and specifically in sports, we often forget the subtle things. Losing, although not really a skill, is a life experience that is valuable, and yet intangible. Losing in a game will cost you nothing, however losing in real life will. Learning this on the field will help you learn how to adapt to new strategies and work around defeat. Then, of course, there are the more obvious ones, such as working as a team, working hard, and becoming discipline, all things that will be important learning new skills later, and in the workforce. Working with others, especially at a younger age, will also have the side effect of increasing your social skills. Finding others with your same interests will help you to make friends, and will greatly affect your “social game”, later.
Secondly, let's talk about some skills that you can learn in the classroom. Once again, many who say that there's nothing valuable to learn in school are just looking at tangible skills, such as accounting, and programing, and family finance, but they forget some of the most general and practical skills that you learn in school, lifestyle skills. Organization is one of these. Whether you think the information is actually important or not, school has taught you how to take notes, memorize information, and infer test questions to get good grades, across a variety of different subjects and topics. Homework, taking notes, and studying teaches you strategies on how to prepare for and answer questions, which will be very important later in life. Exercise is another. Gym is a hellish world for some, including myself when I was younger, but the skills that you learn there are also very important. Aside from lighter sports skill, I noted in the previous paragraph, gym teaches you how to properly maintain your body, what's healthy, and what’s not, and how to have fun while keeping fit. Additionally, you also learn how to listen. Music, lectures in class, as well as, having lunch with your friends, teaches you this important skill, which is used and enforced nearly everywhere. You listen to the teacher, the counselor, as well as, other students. In all of these, you're listening for information, so you can better your studies, as well as, your social skills. We often overlook such an important skill, because we do it automatically. Listening goes beyond just being organized, as it requires you to interpret information on you own, and, as with the others, listening to your boss, and your co-workers, will be very important later in life.
The biggest skill, though which is often overlooked, is persuading others. Your ability to influence others will be probably the most important key to success at life. We live in a big world, and if you think that you're going to rise to the top without encountering others, you'd be wrong. Arguing is a skill that you'll learn at school. You may not realize it, but those dozens of essays in English are actually you arguing. The teacher gives you a set of prompts, and it's up to you to choose one and convince the teacher that your option is the right one. Presenting is critical too. Learning how to formulate a project, how to structure it, and how to talk about it, is very important. All the projects you have ever done were to prepare you for this. There was so much work at first, but after a while you became use to it, and you learned what was needed to be done. A Lot of school is like this. Learning about what works for you, and how to improve your strategies next time. Thinking critically is also important. This is how you counteract others persuasion. Ever remember those annoying questions at the end of the worksheet that always challenged what you believed? They were usually worded like: “This is what happened, but why did it happen?” Those were there to get you to think about the information being presented to you, so you could think about the answer and what you were saying, however in real life, this will be presented as an option to you to figure out why things worked out a certain way. In real life, this is called analysis, or figuring something out to understand it. When you want to move up in the workforce, you'll need to analyze the environment, and argue, and prepare your conversation for others.
As for skills that you don't learn in school, don't get me wrong, there are a lot. The law, firearms, self-defense, basic repair, credit, first aid, etc. these, however, are all hands on skills. Having a dedicated self-defense class or basic first aid studies, is simple not always practical. The resources would be too costly, for most schools, requiring special instructors and facilities. I'm not saying that these are bad skills in any way, they’re all good to learn, but on your own time. If this is something you're interested in, you should go for it, provided that you can afford the upfront costs.
So in conclusion, can you learn all the skills you need at school? Hell no, but that doesn't mean that school is not important. The skills that you learn there will benefit you your whole life, and will carry with you for a long time.
Hey everyone, thanks for reading. Got any more important skills you can learn in school? Do you have any comments or concerns? Leave them all in the comments, and in the social media. Once again, thanks for reading, and stay in school! (PS< it’s worth it.) I'll see you next time.
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