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What is something that should be taught in every high school?

Could be something that you were taught but isn't on the official curriculum for everyone, or something that's important but was never discussed at all.


I think my number one has to be personal finance and money management. Everything from how credit works, budgeting, investment overview, information about bank accounts/loans (including student loans)/lines of credit and how they work. So many young people graduate with no knowledge in this area and it's sad...


Number two would be career options OUTSIDE of just "what college do you want to go to?" College is not the right move for everyone. I'd like to see information regarding trades school, entrepreneurship, general work experience, and of course sales as potential job options after graduation. There could also be a component of how to write a resume/cover letter, appropriate interview etiquette, and information regarding labour law in this course as well.

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paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
Cooking/nutrition. Dead serious here. The food we eat in this country is producing a workforce of unhealthy and unhappy individuals.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
I agree. We had foods/nutrition as an elective in my high school but I think it should be mandatory from middle school and on. At the least kids get education about healthy eating and how to navigate in the kitchen and best case scenario someone discovers their passion is food and can choose it as a career.
KB24
Valued Contributor
+5
Senior Account Executive
Especially as we're working from home. I've been eating shit food and microwave meals since it started. I'm 26 and know how to cook chicken, salmon, and steaks. That's pretty much it.
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Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
100%, I love to cook and grew up in the kitchen. It blows my mind how little so many of my friends have no idea where to start, but looking back, if I hadn't had family teaching me I would never have learned. We have a solid generation or two of people that have no idea about cooking and basics of nutrition, but I damn well still know the pythagorean theorem. 
ATX
Good Citizen
ENT Sales / Risk Management
Love this! Learned to look at rocks in geology and throw paint at a canvas for a "well rounded education" (bullshit), but a cooking class would have been amazing. Luckily had an Italian family to fill the cooking void 
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+6
BDR
Yeah, I had a home-economics class in high school, they taught how to cook and well how to make a balanced meal. It was also one of those credits that we all needed to take so yeah. I studied in north texas.
BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
Budgeting and how to do taxes

Understanding of interest rates and how to maximize investments vs debt
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Agreed! Taxes are an important one...how they work, tax brackets, what you can claim for on taxes...nobody needs to be an expert but a basic understanding should be mandatory. 

I'd love to see some info about investments. Doesn't have to be a deep dive but let's teach young people what high risk vs low risk means, bonds vs stocks, what different professionals can do in terms of helping you invest etc.
NoSuperhero
Politicker
+6
BDR
For sure, simple economics. How to set up your 401k, choose good health insurance, and keep your needs bellow your means, all so important in adult life that it took me like 5 years of living on my own and going to college at the same time  while working full time. Great times!! So glad that I was just smart enough to get into debt with anything.
DrunkenArt
Politicker
+5
Sales Associate
I took a class called financial planning in high school and a lot of my friends made fun of me for it. Honestly was the best class I ever took, we learned budgeting, credit/debt, what APR meant, how to write checks, etc. I think that was way more valuable than playing the recorder in a music class I had no interest in. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
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Kahluapons
Everyone should have to take that class...nobody should graduate school without knowing how to draw up a simple budget or how a credit card works.
DrunkenArt
Politicker
+5
Sales Associate
Agreed. Especially when kids will be graduating high school and signing up willingly for thousands of dollars in student loans with no idea of the repercussions that can go with it. 
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Tres
Politicker
+6
Account Executive
I agree on the sales piece not being taught, I was just talking about this over the weekend. I wish real jobs were taught in high school so kids could actually understand what sales was. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Same. Most people think sales is just telemarketing or selling cars/houses and that's it...there are so many different opportunities in sales for a motivated young person.
sales4lyf
Politicker
+5
Business Development Manager
I think kids should definitely be taught about different bills they need to pay i.e how to get a mortgage, pay rent, sort out utilities etc 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Definitely. Lots of kids have to figure all this out on their own and it's often in the hard way...
MrsTechSales
Politicker
+9
Midwest Market Manager
Personal Finance for SURE! 

In our public school system my son went through a really cool 3rd grade experience. They did group projects where they made products and 'sold' them at market. the whole school was given monopoly money and all the kids would once a month go through the '3rd grade Market' and buy whatever product they wanted (my kid sold pet rocks). Anyway, the 3rd grade class got that plus attendance to earn 'wages'. Then, the teacher collected taxes + desk rent monthly. Anything they had left over they were also allowed to spend at the market. 

I hate that this was only a 3rd grade thing bc it was such a good foundation that they could have built upon as he progressed through the grade levels. 
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
That's really cool - kudos to that teacher for being so creative! Sounds like a fun way to introduce young kids to the concept of money management. 
Whosaidit
Politicker
+6
Business Development Representative
Book smarts are always important but schools lack teaching students basic day to day functions that lead to the successful work in the near future. Such as how to invest, talk/ mirror prospects, etc.
Justatitle
Politicker
+7
Senior AE
How to do taxes, Teach about the stock market, understanding good debt vs bad debt, And explaining that trade school or deciding to do something not on the traditional route may in fact be the better option. 
Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Taxes.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Finance. Credit. Investing. 
HappyGilmore
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
I echo this when it comes to personal finance and money management. That's something that should be taught, and wish my high school would've taught that vs. me figuring and learning about it now in my 20's.
TheDeplorable
Politicker
+7
AE
Personal finance and people skills
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
I have a business plan for #2 but have not moved forward on the idea to start building the company. Every school has a duty to inform their students on educational and career options that don't fit the "military or college" mentality that I grew up on. Vocational options, trade schools, apprenticeships, etc, are all skipped over by guidance counselors who are measured on graduation and post-K12 education enrollment.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Very cool. I imagine trying to change the education system is no easy feat but that's a very interesting business idea. I can see it as being one of those one day seminars where you come in and present to high school students, almost like a job fair but for information.
Stratifyz
Opinionated
+8
Business Development Rep
Investing and sales all the way. This would’ve changed my life.
KB24
Valued Contributor
+5
Senior Account Executive
A class on entry level position skills. Cold calling, professional email rhetoric, common CRM practices (introduction to SalesForce, etc), "how to" on career & interview skills.

We need something that provides a framework of what to expect in the professional world. If I knew what I know now about the professional world as a Senior in high school I would have likely gotten a different degree & maybe even gone to a different school. Plus I'd have a much better idea of what career paths look like day to day. Every high schooler thinks they're going to be a Marketing Executive with a 6 figure salary. Class could set the expectation for what a realistic career should look like & how to set yourself above others to excel.
ButteredUp
Politicker
+2
Inside Sales Rep
Retirement planning, how to pay your taxes, budgeting
wahmsales
WR Officer
+10
SDR
Nutrition, and not the "eat 5 servings of whole grains" and "margarine is healthier than butter" crap. 

Classes in high school on entrepreneurship.

Self-sufficiency.
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
BDR
Like you mentioned, everything that has to do with personal finances. I would add teaching soft skills like communication, networking, etc. I don't understand how school is still heavily focused on "technical skills" and there are no classes about soft skills...  soft skills > technical skills
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Theloanemperor
Opinionated
+1
Loan Officer
what a freaking mortgage is. Didn't even know what a mortgage was until i got in the business, LOL.
aiko
Politicker
+7
Sr. Account Executive
Explanation of Crypto 
TheRealPezDog
Notable Contributor
+8
Account Manager
Your #1 and #2 are exactly what I was going to write so bravo... If I had to go for #3 it would be NETWORKING and HOW TO BUILD YOUR PERSONAL BRAND. 
Modro
AE
I believe financial education, money and self development.. because isn’t that what the real world is about?
POWERDIALER
Opinionated
+2
VP of Business Development
Compounding 
TheRealVladimirPutin
Opinionated
+5
AE
Personal finance and budgeting, actual tailored career planning instead of a generic approach, how to structure a workout program and perform basic compound movements
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
Investing, and nutrition that should be 100% basics in everything else is supplementary 
inheaventhereisnobeer
Opinionated
+2
Senior Account Executive
How to use a mute button. Dead serious...
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breakfasttaco
Senior Enterprise AE
Personal finance for sure but also just more things to get you ready for real life: renting, critical thinking, how local government works, nutrition, cooking, etc, etc.
Grant_Horun
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Real Financial Literacy.  i.e.  Student Loans and Paying them back, What goes into a mortgage, How to invest properly and the risks involved. What sort of income is really needed to provide for children and a family. 

CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Personal finance is absolutely the way to go. I think there should also be a class on just dealing with life shit that pops up. Think of it as crisis management (breakups, pregnancies) or making major life decisions (moving, accepting jobs). We don't really teach decision making, which is kind of insane.
Kinonez
Arsonist
+8
Team Lead
How to do taxes and basic economics 
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