How many of you graduated from school but felt like you didn’t learn anything of value? I know I do, and I am sure most of you can relate. There are many things school doesn’t teach us.
School taught us how to calculate complex mathematical equations and spell correctly, but do we have any use of it?
We now have powerful computers and autocorrect to do that for us. So what are the things we should’ve learned in school?
In this article, I am going to share with you five things school doesn’t teach us. Let’s begin!
1. Time Management
Teachers give students so many assignments that have to be done in a very short period of time. But they don’t teach you how to prioritize your activities and organize your day.
You feel stressed and overwhelmed, which doesn’t help with your productivity at all.
Time management is not only about getting your useless homework done. It’s also about making time for more important activities, such as exercising, eating healthy, meditating, spending time with loved ones, and so on.
Communication is something that has never been part of the traditional education system. When you were a child, you were taught how to speak. But speaking should not be confused with communication. You can be a great speaker but a terrible communicator.
Communication is about creating a safe space between you and the person you speak with. It’s about active listening, which means that you are not just listening with the intent to reply. It’s about understanding the other person’s needs without being judgemental.
No successful person has ever achieved something entirely on his own. So we need to learn how to express ourselves in a way that moves us forward, but at the same time doesn’t hurt the other person’s feelings.
3. Public Speaking
We all had that awkward moment when we had to give a presentation in front of our classmates. For some people, speaking in front of an audience comes as second nature. But for the majority of us, it is the most terrific experience.
Did you know that people are more afraid of public speaking than they are afraid to die?
That’s right! People get so nervous that they can’t say anything or even move their bodies. Why is that?
So many people say that they are terrible public speakers, but the truth is that they have never been taught how. Public speaking is a learnable skill. Just like you can learn to dance, you can learn to speak in front of an audience.
Why is it that so many of us don’t believe in ourselves? We think we are never enough. We have all those norms that we need to fit in.
If you are a girl, you must look and dress in a certain way. If you are a boy, you are not allowed to cry. Your parents tell you that you need a piece of paper to prove that you are smart enough.
If you don’t meet all these criteria, you are labeled as a failure, which affects your self-esteem.
Maybe you had an abusive childhood, and your parents were constantly fighting. As a child, you couldn’t do anything and felt helpless. But as you grow up, you continue carrying these limiting beliefs with you.
You may not even be aware that these limiting beliefs may be the cause of your low self-esteem. You need someone to remind you that you are good enough and don’t have to prove anything to anyone. Unfortunately, that kind of support is not found in our industrial age schools.
Check Out: How to Get Rid of Self Limiting Beliefs
5. Finding Your Purpose
Most people graduate high school, and they have no idea what they want to do with their lives.
Ever since we were young, we were told to study hard and get good grades to get into a prestigious university. But what for?
To get a high-paying job so that we can provide for our families. That’s what we’ve all heard when we were kids. We never questioned our parents because we thought that they are always right.
They are older than us. They have more experience than us. So they must know what’s right for us, right?
Well, no! No one except you knows what you should be doing with your life.
The problem is that no one ever encouraged us to pursue our passions and find our meaning in life. We were told that life is about surviving. But I can’t entirely agree. I believe we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
We should learn how to tap into our souls and listen to our inner voices. We should learn about intuition and how to use it. But none of that is taught in school.
My point with this article is not to judge anyone, but rather to make you realize that our education system is terrible. We should not rely on the school to teach us how to succeed in life. Success is much more than having a high-paying job.
If you are a kid reading this, know that it is okay to feel lost. Most adults don’t know what they want to do with their lives either. But this doesn’t mean that you should settle for your current life situation. Know that you can have it all!
If you are a parent reading this, don’t force your kids to become what you think is right for them or do the things you never had the chance to do. Instead of focusing so much on your kids’ grades, teach them all the things that the broken education system fails to teach them. Encourage them to pursue their passions and help them find the right path for them.
Let me know in the comments down below what you think of our current education system. What do you think needs to change?