Critically Missing Life Skills

I think (at least) these important courses are missing from required curriculum for grade school, high school…and if missed there, then some kind of civic, community or humanity life school.

I believe I can make a solid case for how a lack of education, understanding and skills in these topics is an underlying issue in many societal and interpersonal problems we’re having in our world, our work and our personal lives.

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Economics — Macro, Micro, and International

Philosophy, Logic, Discourse & Debate, with a focus on logic structures and meaningful discourse.

Finance — Personal, Business & Government

Communication — Interpersonal & Journalistic: Conflict Resolution, Empathetic Listening, Self-Mattering & Story Telling (by story-telling, I mean understanding the impact of the stories you hear, and also the ones you tell yourself and others, besides learning about them as a critical connecting tool). This course would also include Basic News Research & Reporting.

Civics — Hands on public service, how to effectively give and seek help from others for our causes, how do non-profits work, how does government work locally, state and nationally, what are the roles of power and rights?

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I don’t know what the implementation path is for any of this. I do know there isn’t currently enough time in school to teach all of these vital life skills, with all the other courses, and all the other pressure.

But like I said at the beginning of this, when I look at the world around me, and I look at my life path to date, I can see where skills and understanding (or lack thereof) in each one of these areas has a constant, meaningful. impact, improving our world, or doing damage to it, as we find our way through.

And that’s what’s on my mind today…and almost always. Perhaps I will find a solution, or perhaps someone who reads this will.

Thank for your time and attention. It matters to me.