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Life skills should be a class in schools

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    Why is it that schools don't have any classes for life skills that kids will actually use as they're growing up? Yeah, we have classes like home education, AGG, ect, but what about all the other skills that kids need? We need classes for finances that include bill paying, managing/saving money, budgeting and being smart with money and taxes, home purchasing, apartment finding and just every day life stuff. There's some other stuff that I was thinking about to but I'm currently drawing a blank on them. I'll post them when I remember. Anyway, the point is that kids have always been shorthanded on these very real and very necessary skills when they leave highschool and especially college.
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    I can answer this with one symbol - $.

    I'm in my late 30's and remember how they eliminated shop, home economics (which, to be honest, I'm totally fine with), and a number of "life skills" type programs at my high school while I was still attending. Budget cuts were the name of the game in the early 2000's and we're still dealing with the consequences of those in our nations schools today. Tax cuts sound great in theory, but they had devastating consequences for many of our nations public schools.

    It didn't used to be this way for my parents and my parents parents, but unfortunately it's the way it is now. The only way it could change is if we rethink how we fund schools and what our priorities are in this ever changing world.

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    I feel like we've been on a 'set it and forget it' mindset with school curriculum pretty much ever since schools become more or less mandatory. They are woefully inept at readying children for the real world.