My 6th grader came home with a paper the other day that requires both his signature and mine. The problem? The school never taught him how to write in cursive. I had an entire year in school where we were only allowed to write in cursive period. My youngest who is in 1st grade knows cursive because he liked the way it looked so he taught himself, but the school evidently is not interested in teaching it anymore. This got me thinking, how are children supposed to sign their names on every form from this day forward? More importantly, what other important tasks are they not learning? Check out the four things below that you learned in school and that your children probably won’t.
1. How to Sign Your Name
Like I said above, I was taught cursive writing and it was important, but there doesn’t seem to be a focus on it anymore.
2. How to Address and Write a Letter
Now, I know there wasn’t email when I was in elementary or middle school, but even in high school they focused on teaching us how to address an envelope and write a letter. An important skill that kids still need if they ever intend to mail anything.
3. How Interest and Credit Cards Work
I can remember learning all about interest and how bank accounts and such work. We were taught about how to fill out a deposit slip and that was in elementary school. These are life skills that our children will likely not learn, and which could lead them to make costly mistakes in the future.
4. Looking up Words in a Dictionary
Okay, so maybe you don’t really need to know how to look up words in a paper dictionary anymore since you can just go to Google and get it, but looking in a dictionary for a word also teaches children alphabetizing and that can be important.
Those are just a few of the things that came to my mind quickly when I was thinking of the things I learned in school that my children likely won’t. Yes, I know I can teach them to them myself and I will, but that wasn’t my point. Our children are being taught to a test (at least here in Florida with the FCAT) and are being taught to rely on technology while missing out on valuable life skills.
Can you think of anything you learned in school that you noticed your children have not?