One of the greatest, wisest moves that I made in high school was to enroll in a typing course. My parents, both of whom always encouraged my writing, felt strongly that it was a necessary skill. My father was especially persuasive on the point that typing would come in handy whatever field I chose.
Imagine how tickled they were when, my senior year and having also been granted early admission to The University of Texas at Austin, I won a typing award at my high school. I also won awards in English and creative writing–but my middle class parents thought the typing award was a stellar achievement. (Now, as a parent myself, I suspect they felt more than a little pleased that I was still taking their advice as I reached adulthood.)
As grateful as I am for having enrolled in that typing class, I wish that there’d been more room in my schedule for classes like, say, home ec. Yup, I believe in that push for college acceptance, we short change young people on some crucial life skills these days. In fact, while I learned to cook, garden, and clean (sort of), I still can’t really sew to save my life. In my arsenal of skills, you will not find a sewing kit.
And that bums me out.
Here are the responses:
Heather W: About 3 months ago I sent out a tweet saying that I would love to teach home-ec. We all pondered if it was even taught anymore.
I believe basic life-skills should be part of a well rounded education.
Cassie Gardengirl Dingwall: Sign me up! Where I live there is not enough healthy food talk at home. The four food groups here are Burger King, McDonald’s, Popeye’s Fried Chicken and Wendy’s. Makes me sick and MAD. We have over-weight, under-educated parents teaching their kids that a meal comes out of a drive thru window…
Tisha-Shannon Ricketson-Clinkenbeard: These skills that they discuss are very needed by every child as they grow into adulthood. I heartily agree with the statements around them being “life skills” and that many children are not prepared for adulthood b/c they lack these skills.
Have an opinion yourself? Feel free to join in the convo!