I thought this was a very telling sign right off the highway in Washington, D.C.

“Does your child have life skills?”

And then it lists things like:

“Cooking, budgets, sewing, ironing, time managment, communication, and fun”

The classes are offered by ActualLifeSkills.com.

I took a look online at what a typical 6-week class offered on Sundays for 3-hours at a time and at a cost of $345.

It even covered things like:

“Handshakes, eye contact, and conversation starters
Voice projection and confidence
Party/guest etiquette, gifts and thank you notes”

And of course, aside from the cooking and budgeting already mentioned, there were more of the foundations such as laundry, cleaning, and grocery shopping.

I would suggest adding things like computer basics, child rearing, human relations, home maintenance, car mechanics, hunting, fishing, gardening, fitness, and even self-defense.

Since, we spend so much time teaching book skills, I have often thought why we don’t spend more time teaching these fundamental life skills.

We are raising a generation of kids that can score 1500+ on the SATs, but they don’t know sh*t about real life and couldn’t survive a week without electricity, Internet, or mom and dad taking care of them.

Back to basics.

Back to life skills.

Back to survival.

Back to being self-sufficient.

There is no reason that we can’t add these items to our broken school curriculums.

You shouldn’t have to go to special classes to learn to live life. ;-)

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Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.

Andy Blumenthal is a dynamic, award-winning leader with 30 years of experience delivering results across the public and private sectors. Views are his alone.