Saturday, 26 October 2013

Thought for the Day: Wouldn't It Be Good......

....if when they left school all children were equipped with the following skills acquired through a mixture of formal and home based education?  My original list was little but it has grown and grown!

  • The basic 3Rs.  Of course that has to be on the list It would be especially lovely if no-one had that widespread fear of basic arithmetic.
  • How to choose and work toward worthwhile goals.
  • A love of learning and  how to explore the avenues of knowledge that interest them the most.
  • Tolerance and understanding of others
  • How to be an activist when they is something that they believe needs to change.
  • Measured risk taking and how to learn from mistakes.
  • How to be considerate of others.
  • Knowing how to budget to live within their means and have money over for saving and giving.
  • Positive strategies for maintaining mental health.
  • Entrepreneurship so that they can top up the pot if budgeting proves to be insufficient.
  • A hobby to keep them out of trouble.  (Don't I sound like an old person here!)
  • Typing at a sufficient speed so that they can use I.T. really effectively.
  • Ways of exercising that they enjoy enough to promote lifelong fitness.
  • The ability to cook so that they can make a wide range healthy, cheap and delicious food for themselves and family.  The role of food in fostering relationships and shared experience.
  • The ability to effectively communicate and how to adapt that to any given situation. Knowing when, for example, to talk rather than text.
  • Basic skills for setting up and maintaining a home to be proud of.  

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