Things Children Can’t Learn in School
Children spend almost twelve years at school, so you think they would learn all they need to. There are, however, a few things you cannot learn in the classroom. Parents must do their part in educating children along the way. So, what things children can’t learn in school but you can teach them at home?
Get On with Those who Share Common Interests
Children make friends at school and some friendships carry on throughout their lifetime. They will also make acquaintances; the acquaintances made in life are crucial. Children need to network as they grow so that they can develop a circle of friends, even if some are closer than others. It’s the job of the parent to help the child get along with others, especially those who share common interests. They don’t have to be best friends but should be cordial, nonetheless.
Classroom Discussions Aren’t Like the Real Thing
Children learn about social interactions, relationships, bullying, sex, and more in the classroom. Unfortunately, those discussions don’t always reflect real-life experiences. Students learn so much about these topics, but the experience in real life is different from what they learn in school.
The Unpredictability of Life
Schools are predictable. Most have a basic routine they follow; lessons begin and end at certain times, classrooms all look the same, and homework should be expected. Outside school, however, life is very unpredictable. It’s about facing obstacles, adapting to new roles, financial worries, and coping with life in general.
Schools can’t teach children about life obstacles because they’re so unpredictable.
Home and Life Skills
Schools help children with vital life skills as financial literacy is a necessity. Students learn about budgets and how to manage a household. It is fantastic because children need to understand the importance of having retirement savings, good credit, and compound interest. Unfortunately, there is a lack of real-world experience.
Anyone can create a mock budget in a classroom but doing so in real life is different. It’s stressful and easy to make a mistake. In the classroom, that’s fine because a student can start over, but in life, it could result in them losing all they have.
The Dreaded Tax
Young adults have no zero knowledge of tax. They don’t know they must pay taxes or that money gets deducted from their paychecks. It isn’t a subject on the school curriculum either. This is a subject that is important but often overlooked by schools across the board. It’s a problem, to say the least.
Technology has taken over cursive handwriting as a student’s main form of writing. Everyone uses technology to take notes and it makes people somewhat lazy. Cursive handwriting is smart and a quick way to write by hand.
Schools are great at teaching students the importance of independence, but it’s different in the real world. It’s difficult to find a good job, pay bills on time, and live without relying on others. While adults do eventually figure out how to be independent, it’s easier said than done. Without practical experience, it’s impossible to get it right, and very difficult to learn in school too.
Practical Skills are Necessary
Students don’t always believe practical skills are needed; however, those household chores won’t get done without them. Children today don’t realize how much effort goes into basic household chores. If children can’t make their beds, do laundry, or learn how to clean at home, they will never survive on their own. These practical skills aren’t something they learn in a classroom.
Curiosity isn’t Included in the Curriculum
Students should be encouraged to be curious. It allows them to explore new emotions and lets them learn about life. Unfortunately, curiosity isn’t a subject in the school curriculum. Curiosity is something children learn outside the classroom and should be encouraged. It’s about opening a new form of learning.
Life is Not Fair
Some people have better advantages in life than others. Some will move up the corporate ladder before those who deserve it and land their dream job without any effort. It’s unfair but that is life. Children do not learn about the hardships of life in school. Children must experience it first-hand to understand it.
Be an Educator to your Child
Children cannot learn everything in a classroom. Parents need to do their part and fill the educational gaps their children face. It’s about giving them the skills they need to thrive throughout their lives.