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

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Post # 31
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Buzzing bee

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Post # 32
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Helper bee

Most of the practical things on here are offered in most schools!

I could have learned how to sew, balance checkbook, etc. in specific classes geared towards that OR all the household stuff at vocational school the second half of the day but I always chose academic classes.

I don’t regret it. I had a rough first year of college adjusting and really learning how to do adult things but anytime before that I don’t think I would have been mature enough to really appreciate/remember the stuff I needed to know.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

Love this thread. I had a great government teacher that taught so much outside of his classroom knowledge:

1.  Sucking up pays off, get over it (we got brownie points for sucking up that could be traded for things)

2.  Learn to work in different environments, the real world isn’t quiet (some of the class took oral test while others took essay tests)

3.  Take risks, but know they have consequences if they fail (wed wager what we would earn on tests and the higher you wagered the more you’d earn but if you didn’t you’d lose “money”)

4.  Fake it until you make it 

5.  Every day is a great day- focus on the positive 

there are so many more but that’s what stuck out to me. A classmate started a thread of his famous quotes awhile back and it was amazing that his quotes stuck with us more than anything else in HS!

Post # 35
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Blushing bee

Basically everything that I had to learn AFTER high school!

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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thesummerangel:  OMG screw Endnote! We actually did have a seminar that taught us how to use it in grad school. It’s great, when it works. Unfortunately, it crashes way too often and always at the most inopportune moments.


I went to a very small catholic school and we weren’t taught anything beyond the basic core courses. As many other PPs said, I think personal finance should be mandatory. So many people screw up their credit early on because they don’t know how it works and then they have to dig themselves out of that hole for years. Also, how credit cards work, how the stock market works, insurance, wills, retirement savings, etc. would have been great to learn about in high school. I have no idea why everyone isn’t taught CPR in school, as well as basic first aid. And I think that home economics should make a comeback, for boys and girls. Everybody should know the basics of how to cook healthy meals and basic sewing techniques, etc.

I had a one credit course in college about resume writing, interviewing, and generally preparing yourself for the workforce. That small course has probably been one of the most important that I’ve taken in nearly a decade. 

Post # 37
4743 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I went to a really small, rural school, so we didn’t have a lot of electives, but we did have some required courses that apparently others don’t, judging from this thread.

For instance, we had sewing, foods (cooking), metal shop, wood shop, mechanical drawing (drafting), keyboarding (typing), and some others – all required for either a quarter or a third of a year. I took an anatomy class that included CPR, as well.

We had a “business” course that was mostly weird, random stuff, but it did include writing a resume/cover letter, so that part was useful.

I wish they taught:

– balancing a checkbook/budgeting/retirement saving/investing (luckily, my mother took it upon herself to at least introduce me to all this)

– managing & understanding loans and mortgages

– interviewing (and negotiating job offers!)

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had CPR at my high school. It was included in senior health/PE, and we all got certified.

Education on personal finance would be great for high schoolers. My mom is an accountant and teaches personal finance courses (and actually so do I now) so I knew a lot but most of my friends knew nothing and got themselves into trouble.

Post # 42
1065 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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swirlyclover86:  I was just talking about this the other day with some old school friends (we’ve been out of school for five years now)

Our school was a private Catholic one, and we had “Ethics” all through our education, including our final year.  This is where they taught us Catholic morals and everything.  The class was not an interesting one, and the moral dilemmas were things that you should have figured out by primary school.  It was overly simplistic, and I can’t say I learnt a single thing during all those years of it.

We were saying that they should replace that class with a “life skills” class for resume writing, financial advice, study skills, basic vehicle care etc.  Much more useful, and pretty much anyone I know has some gaps in that kind of knowledge.  

I am currenty in the processes of applying for Uni, and the first course I am undertaking is a study skills class, which I actually get marked on.  I went all through high school getting good grades in class, but I was terrible at studying because I thought studying was just reading your text books and notes back.  They never taught us in high school how to revise and I think that is such a huge gap in knowledge.

Post # 43
126 posts
Blushing bee

1. how to recognize domestic violence.

2. How to create a safety plan and how to fund a women’s shelter to escape domestic violence.

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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