school vs. family

I am SO angry right now which is why I have to blog about it before I can go to sleep because I know it would just keep me up way past my bedtime if I don’t get this out. So, I watched a video on Facebook suggesting that schools need to get (back?) into the teaching of basic life skills such as cooking, financial planning, changing tires etc. because kids these days don’t know how to do them.

This makes me angry because basic life skills are not for schools to teach; it’s what parents are for. Guess what? I had a mother and grandmother who taught me how to handle money and financials, how to cook, bake, clean. I learned how to use power tools more or less by myself and I had a friend show me how to change tires though I also could have looked that up on the internet. There’s a goddamn Youtube video or blog post or internet forum for EVERYTHING!

Schools teach you how to write, how to do math, speak a foreign language, show you what the universe is made of, teach you how to structure a point-counterpoint argument and while it seems senseless to being able to analyse a poem in three different languages (and I claimed this as a pupil as well) it does have its merits. At 18 I couldn’t imagine I would spend a lot of time writing on the internet. And while my understanding about plant cells isn’t something I can use in my daily life, just knowing that I know it makes me happy. Plus, you never know when you might need the knowledge. Also, also the things we learn in school once we’ve upgraded from learning how to write and multiply 5×3, it’s about methods, logical thinking and certain structures that are universal.

Maybe I’m wired differently though. Schools should teach you to aim higher and inspire you. I understand they fail a lot of people at that because of untrained teachers and the lot but how can they succeed at it when we drop basic life skills onto their plates as well as everything else? Aren’t there enough things kids need to learn in school these days? Is it really so ludicrous to suggest parents teach their kids how to make their beds, boil water, clean their clothes and be decent human beings? I really don’t think so.

And maybe, if the conservatives wouldn’t spend so much time using their family values argument to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and foreigners, and instead would promote actual family values, young people would be better prepared for their lives. Just a thought though. We all could benefit from a promotion of those kind of values instead of spreading hate and bigotry.

Do I feel better now that I wrote this all down? I do! I do! I do! I do! I do!

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