EDUCATION

Let’s be honest: our education system is fucked.

I mean, almost all of the important history I learned between grades 5 and 12 I could probably find on Wikipedia and understand within a few weeks now. And pretty much any basic scientific knowledge you could ever want to learn is explained with pretty videos on YouTube. On top of that, you have the most unstable job market in almost 100 years, technology developing so rapidly that robots will be doing half the work in another decade, college degrees that some argue are now worthless, and new industries and technologies being invented practically every six months.

Yet we’re still pushing kids through the same curriculum their grandparents went through.

It’s cliche at this point to say that the most important things you learn in life you don’t learn in school. I know in my life, the most important things I’ve learned I had to figure out on my own as an adult.

But why couldn’t these things be taught in school? I mean, if I had to spend six months learning about Chaucer and Renaissance painters, why couldn’t I spend six months learning about how to do my own or how to start and own a business? Or why didn’t anybody tell me that by the time I became an adult, a large percentage of the job market would either be performed by robots or sent overseas?

Seriously, where were these classes? You know, the ones with the shit I actually needed to hear?

Obviously, when I rule the world — which should be any day now, waiting to hear back from some people — we won’t have these problems. I will craft a curriculum of the perfect life knowledge to impart upon the populace. And you will all thank me and give offerings of milk (coconut milk – may god save all the cows) and honey and sexy virgins.

But before I get carried away fantasizing, let’s get real. What are the classes we should have had to take in high school, but didn’t? Here are five off the top of my head.

SELF-DISCOVERY

Focuses on helping children become who they are, and aims to nurture each child’s passions and talents so that they may reach their highest potential as creators.

INQUIRY

Is about teaching children how to think instead of what to think, how to discern information critically, and how to conduct their own investigations to find the answers they’re looking for.

SUSTAINABILITY

Is about reconnecting with the Earth, immersing our children in nature, teaching them real life skills, getting them to become strong and resilient people, and showing them how to look after their health and wellbeing.

INNOVATION

Is about encouraging students to think outside the box to come up with creative ideas and solutions, defying conventionality, and fostering collaboration instead of competition in the classroom.

COMMUNICATION

Looks at children’s overall social development and literacy. It aims to teach them how to read and write effectively, how to cultivate healthy relationships, and how to manage their emotions in order to minimize conflict both internally and externally.

EMPATHY

Aims to show children the value of real human connection in their lives, by uniting students through a sense of community, encouraging acts of kindness, and adopting a holistic planetary philosophy.

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