10 things they should have taught us at school

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The education system isn’t my favourite thing in the world despite being apart of it for a good 18 years of my life (obviously didn’t start school properly till I was 3).

It had its ups and downs but it’s not been until I got out of education that I started to think about the things I wish had been done differently.

So here’s 10 things I wish my teachers had done which would have really helped me later on in life.

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

We seemed to get a lot of time spent telling us how to write a cv and cover letter as well as preparing us for university application writing but nobody thought to do a workshop or two on interview techniques.

I mean your cv can only open the door its the interview that can make or break your career.

CREDIT SCORES

I had absolutely no clue up until this past year what a credit score was, why it was important and what I could do to change it.

Someone really should have thought about telling a bunch of 16 year olds who were about to embark on the world of work and overdrafts that it would affect their ability to rent a flat and buy things on credit.

SEXUAL HYGIENE

Sex education is massive in the UK with kids as young as 10 starting to learn about the birds and the bees.

But why the hell did nobody tell us about thrush, syphilis and all those lovely itches and pains you can get down below if you don’t pee straight after sex. Instead we’re finding all about it from bloggers who aren’t afraid to discuss such issues.

HOW TO COOK REAL FOOD

Food tech classes were great. But come on, it was just an excuse to make cakes and cookies. Why did we not get taught how to make real food

ACTUAL USEFUL PHRASES IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

It’s all good though because I know how to say my name is Emmi, I am 21 and I have red curly hair and brown eyes – you know incase I meet a blind Spanish person and need to ask for directions whilst describing what I look like.

FINANCIAL AND LEGAL JARGON

At my school there were options to do Latin and Chinese as languages. Both I feel would have been easier than understanding my monthly statement and tenancy agreement.

INTEREST RATES

Never have I ever had to work out how many apples Judy has if her brother Ben gave 20 bananas to Harry.

But knowing some useful maths like interest rates and whether or not I’m being ripped off. in. the Black Friday deals would be very useful.

IT’S OK TO BE CREATIVE

Most schools want people going off to Oxford and Cambridge to do History, Maths or English. But believe it or not the world of work doesn’t revolve around these industries.

Despite what career counsellors might tell you there are. jobs out there for people with a creative flare – ┬áit’s just that they don’t know it.

BEING DIFFERENT IS GOOD

Being different is a very subjective thing and can mean a lot of different things. But despite schools trying to tell us to be individuals, what they really meant was be individuals but make sure you conform to our uniform rules, societal norms and class structure.

I wish someone just stood up and supported someone who wore different clothes that weren’t in fashion, who had a different hobby that seemed slightly ‘weird’ to some people, or who simply wanted to try out a new hairstyle that didn’t conform to gender stereotypes.

IT’S OK NOT TO BE GOOD AT SCHOOL

Let’s face it not everyone can concentrate in 2 hour-long French lessons. Not everyone does well in exams and not everyone can pick up how to do algebra straight away.

That doesn’t make them any less of a person, nor does getting an A make you any better than someone who get’s a D in a set subject. If you judge a goldfish by its ability to climb a tree then it’s going to be shit, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an A* swimmer!

Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed school but looking back on my time in education I see so may flaws that need to be addressed. At such a young age we’re impressionable and sometimes just telling someone off in the wrong way or saying the wrong thing can really fuck someone up for life.

I know kick myself if I don’t get top marks because my school worked on the whole if it’s not an A it’s not good enough idea. Which is now engrained in my subconscious.

School is series and it is about learning but it’s also the time for us to make mistakes, to try new things and to figure out what we love doing.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU WISH YOU’D BEEN TOLD AT SCHOOL

10 Comments

  1. April 26, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    So far in my adult life, I’ve found that the things school actually teach you, you never need or use. It would be so useful to teach these things in school.

    Steph x
    http://www.wanderlustpulse.com

    • April 29, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      It’s all about curriculum not what’s useful in schools these days and it needs to change

  2. April 26, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Love this post & I completely agree with you! I mean I absolutely loved maths at school but do you think I can remember how to solve a quadratic equation now? No chance! They definitely should be teaching more life skills rather than things you’re never going to need in your life! One main thing I wish they taught was how to iron haha! I’m terrible at it even now and I’ll always choose a new outfit over ironing the thing I want to wear!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • April 29, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      There should be a life skills class!

  3. April 27, 2018 / 5:10 am

    “Don’t judge a goldfish by its ability to climb a tree” – I think you just became my favourite blogger haha! Always telling it how it is and not being afraid to go there with your writing, I love it! Love this post too!

    • April 29, 2018 / 5:02 pm

      haha aww thank you, but I can’t take credit for that quote haha

  4. April 27, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    They actually taught me a lot of these things when I was in school! They taught me about interest rates, credit scores, safe sex and sex hygiene, financial information, the importance of creativity! They did have a cooking class, but I didn’t take it. I took a really good marketing class, and she taught us all about how to go through the interview process and improve! I have to say I was blessed in the school category. Great post! It actually made me realize how privileged I was that they taught us all these types of things in school xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • April 29, 2018 / 5:01 pm

      We learnt about safe sex but it was always the same thing lesson every year. They never really developed it as we got older.

    • July 29, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      Thanks so much Beth! I’ve been nominated for this award a few times now but it always makes my day when people choose me and my blog for this.

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