2 Things I Wish I Had Learned More About in School
Once you start getting into the real world, you begin to experience things and realize that you don’t have a freaking clue what’s going on. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you get done with college. I wish, during my 18 years of education, that I would have learned more about the real world and less about math and literature.
Here are 2 things I wish I had learned more about in school:
1. Money/Taxes/ Big Purchases– I really wish that schools would make a real world class that was mandatory for all students. To be completely honest, I know nothing about taxes except from what I learned from the board game, Monopoly.
I just think it would be practical to learn about taxes, how to save money, and the ins and outs of making huge purchases such as a car or house. Teach me what to look for and how to know if I’m getting a good deal or not. When I look around at the economy and I see so many people losing their belongings, it really makes me wonder if that could happen to me in the future. That’s a really scary thought.
Sure, I took a Banking and Finance class, but I didn’t really get much out of it. It was also an elective class, so it was an easy A and wasn’t required. I was hoping to learn how to balance a checkbook, fill out my tax forms, or learn about credit. Instead, all we did was read a book and never applied it to the real world. So now when people talk about 401K’s or income tax, I have no idea what’s really being talked about. But as an adult, I just pretend and nod like I have a clue and then Google all the terms I didn’t understand.
2. Politics and Government– I took a few history classes in my day, but I still don’t know a lot about our government and how it works. For instance, I don’t recall anyone ever explaining to me the differences between Republicans and Democrats. In fact, the only time I learned about the differences was when I was at family gatherings and I would listen to arguments. But I really didn’t understand most of it, and I left feeling confused and scratching my head.
There should be a class that explains politics and government in a way young people can understand.We should learn about what each side is all about. Instead of memorizing the presidents, I wish we had focused more on current issues, that way when I was old enough to vote, I’d sort of have a clue what was going on. Terms like foreign policy, national debt, The United Nations, and the Federal Reserve were things I learned about on my own.
I think it’s important to learn about historical events, but I would have also like to have been informed about events that are going on in the present. Young people need to learn about the voting process, what each presidential candidate stands for, and how the whole political system works. Instead of teaching for the billionth time who the Pilgrims were, mix it up and talk about how our country ended up in a recession. That way the future generation can avoid the same mistakes.
Who knows? Maybe this information was covered in depth during school, but I just didn’t pay attention. That is very likely.
What are some other life lessons that you wish you had learned more about in school? Tell me about them in the comments section!