CJ Romberger
Dec 13, 2016 · 2 min read

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.


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?


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.

CJ Romberger

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