There’s no doubt that our world is evolving, often changing at a hectic pace. With that comes changes to not only the topics that our young learners study but also the way that they learn. The integration of the internet, smart devices, laptops and even social media into our children’s learning is well established and growing.
The lessons that we learnt
Think about the topics that you learnt at school. Yes, a lot of them are still relevant in this world. But there are also some that have fallen by the wayside and a lot of the subjects that your chldren may now study are brand spanking new to your generation.
What subjects would you add?
Recently, we asked our social media followers, the majority of which are parents, a simple question: What subject do you wish kids were taught at school?
When we devised the question, we were thinking that our readers would suggest some new, modern subjects that kids could learn about. However, the responses were almost completely the opposite. The results can be seen below.
Observations from the results
- Practicality reigned supreme – the majority of the responders were keen for kids to learn more about how the world really works, ie finding a job, budgeting, cooking your own meals, loan applications, car maintenance, etc.
- Several readers were quite taken aback by the suggestion from others that schools should be teaching children respect and manners. The consensus was that this is the parents’ responsibility.
- Some topics that were suggested are in fact taught in a lot of schools, ie cooking, gardening, swimming – though obviously not all schools are able to offer these lessons.
- Mental health awareness, strategies and coping skills were mentioned frequently for children growing up in this fast-paced, pressurised and often harsh world.
What subjects would you like to see your child taught at school?
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