Firstly, schools are only focused on what to learn. Rarely do schools spend any time on howto learn. When students are left to their own devices, they cram. Science tells us that learning retention is maximized by distributed learning. Learning the Picture Palace memorization method would’ve been great as well.
Next, I would’ve loved to learn how to build and keep wealth? How the 8th wonder of the world (compound interest) works. How it enables money to be put to work for you. Financial Management: paying yourself first, living on 60–70% of your income, avoiding debt, etc. Basically everything from The Richest Man in Babylon. How to complete a tax return, how credit cards actually work, how a mortgage works?
Robert Kiyosaki’s best-selling book Cashflow Quadrant is a game changer. The school system taught me how to be an employee in a corporation. I would’ve loved to have learned about the other four quadrants: Self-employment, Business, and Investor. I would’ve answered “What do you want to be when you grow up?” with – “An Investor!”
Next, schools usher students out of the cruel world unarmed to wage war against their biggest enemy – themselves and their limiting beliefs. Schools should prepare students to harness the power of your mind. Teach them to develop and maintain good habits. Help them understand how to be more mindful and more in control of your emotions.
Lastly, most student anxiety is due to the fear of messing up their future. Why not arm them with the tool of how to make decisions? This would start by determining your core values and letting that help guide your decisions.
School should offer extra credit to students who complete book projects on the following books:
There are lot of things High Schools can do to help prepare students for the real world. Ultimately, if the student doesn’t get these skills, it falls on the parents to impart the needed knowledge. What would you add to the list? Share in the comments!