Post # 1
Hello fellow Bees,
During lunch today, I got into a conversation with my colleague about “I wish I learned in high school how to [insert here]”. As more and more people overheard us, we compiled a bunch of things that are truly interesting!!!
- How to sew
- How to maintain my lawn
- How to balance my checkbook
- Understand loans
- How to invest my money
- That there are other jobs out there (welding; electrician) in trade that pays decently (sometimes more!) than the conventional business major and doesn’t require a four-year education
- That failing is OK.
Okay Bees, what unconventional topics/things/knowledge do YOU wish you learned in High School?
Post # 2
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
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
– CPR and basic first aid
– Basic feminist theory
Post # 5
I agree! I attended catholic all girl school so the only thing I learned in sex ed is scare tactics it seems. They didn’t teach us anything useful or remotely applicable in real life.
I think we should teach children how to negotiate too!!! I learned Negotiation in my business class and what a difference it has made on how I approach things in both my business and life. I could negotiate without feeling societal guilt or pressure!
CPR omg. Can this be like a mandatory in HS? I’m sure they could include this in PE class or something. This is super helpful to know.
Post # 6
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 # 7
For sure! Most students could use a Personal Finance Course in senior year that would tackle most of these questions in the most basic level.
I have to add a couple of things my coworkers said:
- Basic rights when pulled over by cops
- Learn basic insurance jargons and what they MEAN: deductible, collission coverage, etc.
Post # 8
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 # 9
OH man, I hear yah. There was this one radio station that punks women for not knowing their car. They will call the girls (as mechanics), I guess these girls have their cars in shops, and pretend to tell them what they think is wrong with the car–they make up stuff to show how women don’t know their basic car parts–and then quote them outrageous prices.
One time this punker called a girl and he told him that her transmission has been missing for a while and that replacing it would cost her $3K. She was just eating up whatever the punker was saying and I was in my car cussing under my breath hearing how EASILY some mechanics could take advantage of these individuals who didn’t know their cars. (they mainly target girls though but I’ve seen some guys who don’t know what transmissions are either).
Post # 10
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 # 11
You have no idea how many of my friends’ resume I had to fix (and we’re late 20s mind you). It’s just something that needs to be emphasized.
The difference between getting the coveted interview (and possibly the position) is a well-thought-of resume.
Post # 12
I wish I knew how to change a tire!
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
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 # 14
I love all the ideas ladies, keep them coming!
Post # 15
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