Are Children Being Taught the Right Skills?

Education forms a substantial part of a child’s development and is responsible for instilling in him or her important life skills. As such, it matters very much what is taught at primary and secondary education centers. Apart from math, science, and language, students should be taught skills that help them later in life. As tomorrow’s leaders, they should also be equipped with the knowledge of how to make smart decisions regarding finances and the environment.

Here’s a list of four subjects that should be taught in schools:

Sustainable living

Each passing year, it becomes more and more important to make efforts to care for our environment. Sustainable living should be taught in elementary and high schools to ingrain the importance of caring for the environment in children’s minds. Teaching kids the importance of recycling, composting, and wise consumption of resources can help make those habits and behaviors last through their adulthood.

One of the best ways to make the curriculum greener is to engage kids in gardening. Gardening is a form of outdoor exercise that gives vitamin D and lowers levels of anxiety and depression. Being close to nature is good for one’s mental health – you would know this if you’re one of the many people who turned to gardening as a coping mechanism for pandemic-induced stress.

The best age bracket to target with school gardening is children in primary school. Not only does it help children to hone their fine motor skills, but it also helps them to develop a sense of care for the natural world and empathy for living creatures. It is also a social activity or can be.

Gardening also holds its own as a teaching tool, providing children with new ways to understand what they’re being taught. Lessons they’re given in a classroom setting can also be easier for them to comprehend if gardening is the teaching tool that their educators use. Through gardening activities, children develop decision-making and problem-solving skills and learn the importance of taking risks. Kids who garden also show higher marks in their report cards.

Gardening shows them how food is grown. Children who engage in gardening activities are more likely to incorporate more fruits and vegetables in their diet. This is important because children form potentially lifelong eating patterns at a very young age. Healthy eating reduces the risks of obesity and fosters better moods and energy levels. A healthy child is more likely to eagerly participate in classes and other school activities.

It has also served as a response to anxieties regarding food supply shortages when consumers cleared grocery store shelves at the drop of a hat during the early months of the lockdown.

Nutrition and cooking

Speaking of healthy eating, another subject that should be taught in schools is nutrition. Students should know how to cook simply because it’s an essential life skill. They should also be taught how to prepare healthy meals for themselves.

Cooking as an activity is good for mental health, and that’s why culinary activities such as cooking and baking have peaked in popularity during the lockdown. They are mindfulness activities that require you to be in the moment, effectively tearing your thoughts away from what’s upsetting you. There is even research to prove that cooking is helpful for those who have ADHD or are struggling with addiction or eating disorders, or have learning disabilities such as ADHD. It’s also a chance for people to get creative, which helps to boost one’s mood and self-esteem.

Dance

Dance and physical education should be given as much importance as math and science in schools. Apart from being a form of physical exercise, dance is also a mental exercise. It requires observing and remembering patterns in choreography and rhythm. It improves memory and is recommended by medical experts to promote brain health even as we age. It’s even known to reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Financial literacy

As much as we want to believe otherwise, money is involved in pretty much everything in our lives. Therefore, it is critical that we learn how to use it wisely. A lack of knowledge of finances can have detrimental consequences.

Financial literacy is even more important now during a recession. Before the pandemic, for instance, millennials were up to their necks in student debt loans. What followed after the pandemic hit and unemployment rates soared only served to make matters worse. Knowing how to manage one’s finances is key to a better quality of life.

Redesigning what students are taught can make a significant difference in their lives. Beyond math, science, and language, they need to know how to take care of themselves and the environment. The skills we’ve listed above are key to both of those things.