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Teachers of Reddit, what’s the most important thing for students to learn that isn’t on the curriculum?

Teachers of Reddit, what’s the most important thing for students to learn that isn’t on the curriculum?

Jonawal1069

Critical thinking and the 5 whys method


Career_Leading

It the 5 why method what I think it is? (Ask why 5 times to get to root)


Jonawal1069

You are CORRECT!


Career_Leading

Noice :)


ohcannida

The most important thing you can learn is that learning is not the acquisition of knowledge. It’s a life long process. A journey, not a destination. Find out what you’re curious about and go!


Notmiefault

How to deal with people. The ability to navigate difficult social situations - disagreements, lazy team members, cultural differences - is one of the most valuable and important skills in life, but it's extremely hard to teach effectively. The best we can do is group work, but students hate it and it's not really a great simulation of working in teams in the real world since you can't fire kids who don't pull their weight.


Muppet_Cartel

Emotional regulation, social skills, and effective communication strategies.


InsanelyLitty

I can’t say I’m a teacher, I was only a TA. The one thing I’ve always told my students was to question how their teacher/TA marks. Oftentimes it doesn’t even take that long to ask/discuss your marks. Don’t accept and move on. Learning happens when you know why the mistakes were made.


AmericanHistoryXX

Even more than what's on the curriculum: Life skills & Responsibility And by this, I mean learning to operate within a system. Learning to deal with conflict, deal with things you like, even things you don't understand or feel are unfair. LEARNING TO DEAL WITH FAILURE. Taking responsibility for your own success. Time management, focus, planning. Respect for others you disagree with, and authority figures you might not like. The list goes on. School is by far the lowest stakes environment you'll ever have to find your own approach to these things, and that is the most important thing you'll learn, period.


[deleted]

I say what I mean, and I mean what I say.


braindead83

As a former student which many of us can attest to, I would say financial planning, and, It’s not everyone’s path to end up in college. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take school seriously


hannahismylove

Manners and social skills


Tobias_Flenders

Problem solving. Basic decency. Forgot supplies? Well, hopefully you're decent enough to other people that they'll gladly share. At any rate, don't lean on the teacher to provide you with solutions multiple times per hour.


KarmenRider

2 modern life skills - 1. Financial management basics, and 2. Negotiation fundamentals


nootylot

taxes and rent


nootylot

i dont fucking care how many apples timmy has


rudeteacher1955

And compounding interest. It can either be your best friend or your worst enemy.


Frites69

How to make actual money.


ANGUYBEEF

Student here how the real life works and how to deal with it


rudeteacher1955

Getting along with others. Took the year off because of COVID, and I'm working a couple of remote jobs via Zoom and Skype. It's shocking to me how many adults just can't keep from being jerks.


Aggravating_Novel_30

Taxes, insurance, investing, retirement, financial planning, how mortgages work, filling out forms, basic laws, social skills, self-regulation, living skills, ethics, group dynamics, car and house maintenance, family planning, independence, patience, critical thinking, hobbies.


Cat_under_my_bed

When someone says something rude to you, don’t be rude back. Let them be, kill them with kindness, and tell an adult. Fighting fire with fire never only causes more problems.


JESUS_CUNT_KICK

You can be lazy, and you can be dumb. But if you're both -- you're fucked; or go become a teacher.


BillMan111111

History, at my school they don’t teach history which I find disrespectful to the millions of soldiers that gave their lives so that that school could be built.


Tobias_Flenders

Soldier worship and war glorification should not be in curriculum. War is a last option when all else has failed.


SubstantialAction918

Critical thinking to everything to search for the "truth"


MuonRapbit

Having backups. Whether it's a spare copy of your homework, a softcopy of your project or friends to help you out in a sticky situation, or simply evidence for when something untoward happens, like accidents and such, always have a backup ready.