(Closed) Looking back, what unconventional things do you wish you learned in high school?

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Post # 2
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My first thought is definitely how loans / mortgages / credit cards work. As well as sex ed, not that that’s really an “unconventional” class necessarily, but my high school never went there! 

Post # 3
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think about this a lot. I wish I learned:

1. Repair basic home problems… ie: fixing a toilet, patching a hole, etc
2. How to file taxes
3. How to clean a home thoroughly
4. How to garden/lawn care
5. How to get a loan
6. How to buy a car/negotiate
7. Proper dining etiquette

I could go on but that’s a good start!

Post # 4
1228 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

– CPR and basic first aid

– Basic feminist theory

Post # 6
316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

The first thing that comes to mind is real estate – I am trying to buy my first home right now and it’s honestly pretty simple, but I remember being super intimidated by it because it seemed like such a big scary thing.

Also retirement and stocks. I have a retirement plan but I’m not sure I understand how it works. And I feel like stocks are EVERYWHERE but I couldn’t tell you what they REALLY mean.

Post # 8
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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swirlyclover86:  besides the things that have already been listed: car maintenance. How i wish I took care of my car the first two years of college 🙁

Post # 10
4008 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Definitely personal finances! Sewing would have come in handy too as someone else mentioned. I also think they need to spend time teaching kids how to create good resumes that appropriately reflect themselves. I’m a teacher now and had to read through scholarship applications where students had to submit a resume, and I cringed at how terrible some were. 

Post # 12
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I wish I knew how to change a tire! 

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TriPaC87:  I actually learned etiquette in school. It was taught as part of home ec. We were the last class that took home ec before it got cut, so every class after mine must put their elbows on the table. 

Post # 13
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

maaan… I need a book on what’s supposed to be done around the house. Literally, a list of what to check, what should be a red flag and what could wait another year.  I don’t think I’d remember it in high school, but a college course would be great. Actually, all these financial things, house and car mainetance should be taught in college. Basic cooking, sewing and sex ed is for high school for both genders.

I had a “housewife” class in middle school: we were taught to sew, cook, repair clothes, some crafts,basic plant care and cleaning. Boys were taught to use tools, make simple furniture, fix basic mechanisms, basic electrical work, etc. I think now there is a co-ed class where both boys and girls learn all of the above, but it depends on the school.

Post # 15
1117 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

How to vote! I was just able to vote for the first time last week and I had no idea how to register or what to do. It wasn’t that hard but it seems so much more important than some of the stuff I did learn  



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