After reading the Odyssey’s writer's post on how schools should require cooking classes, I couldn’t agree more!
Apart from cooking skills, schools need to implement more technical and skill-based classes in their curriculum to better prepare students for the real world.
Science, Math, and English are all important in preparing students for higher education and jobs that they may pursue in the future. Although, there are so many skills that a student needs once they enter the real world that are simply not taught in school.
For one, financial management and knowledge of finances is not widely taught in schools yet all students have bank accounts and money once they leave school and start working. Having salaries, jobs, and money like never before is new for young adults who just graduated but if they were taught how to better handle their finances and financial independence, they would be much more prepared to take on financial responsibilities.
Also, public speaking, resume writing, interview and leadership skills, are all things that could benefit students in the long run if taught as early as high school. Having these classes would help students ace real world interviews and positions where they have to project their voices and participate in public speaking.
Moreover, cooking and handling food are important skills that could be introduced even through elementary school to help form a more independent student.
Lastly, teaching students in health classes more about protection, sex, and overall health could all lead to more informed and careful students in the future.
Apart from subjects already taught in school, all the other possible classes are just as important in building a student to succeed in the future.
Implementing classes that build on a student's character technical skills would lead to a better and more well-rounded student.