Should Children Be Taught Basic Life Skills As Part Of Their Schooling?
Should children be taught basic life skills such as filling in a tax return
and applying for a Tax File Number, changing a tyre and going to a job
interview? What do you think LiveTribers? Should children be taught social
skills, basic civility, critical thinking skills, job skills and daily living
skills as part of their schooling?
Posted by on 29 Apr 2021
Yes because unfortunately many parents are failing to do so. Sad but true
if they are mature enough to have the responsibility then of course most kids
don't get taught things like this and when it really time to do it they have no
clue and look for their parents to do everything kids should be taught many
things as they are growing up instead of having their heads in technology which
is most of the time.
Certainly/Defiantly basic Life Skills should be taught as part of their
schooling. However It should not be an added responsibility(burden) on the
When you talk about training or teaching children its natural and practical to
think of the SCHOOL as that's where children spend seven hours of the day and
thats where they learn ( just anything). But life skills begins at home.
therefor it should be discussed between parents and Teachers and the Edu: Dep:
Why cant schools (middle schools and High schools) allocate one period of the
week to have Clubs such as Gardening, Cookery, computer, camping , First aid,
Housekeeping, childminding, Journalism , Advertising, sailing Swimming,
Motorcars even Mathematics and Literature etc
This is best held in the last period on a Thursday or Friday and every semester
they must change their choice of the club. and I am sure there are parents
working or experienced in all of these topics/subjects. 80% of the
responsibility should be given to the Parents. however teachers should have the
time and the planing as we are trained to come up with aplan for every semester
for the subjects we teach. The department should hire retired teachers for this
day. A parent/s who are motor mechanics can teach how to change a tire and how
a simple Engine works What are pistons what does Spark plugs do and why do we
need to put pet-roll. In cooking They will learn the basic terms such as
boilling , steaming, deep frying and shallow frying . to make a simple cake or
Bread, to make a sandwich and to make an omelette. to boil an egg and to make a
cup of tea and coffee. for gardening they gan grow some vegetables in the
school itself and also how to grow vegetables in pots children will learn about
the soil, seasons import ens of sun , water and soil nutrients and most
impotently to respect the environment-and to appreciate Nature and not to abuse
the environment. Childcare club can visit a child care center and they can
read them books or play with them outdoors, Children can also be allowed or
given to clean and wash the little tables and chairs, Pack toys and equipment
away. Gardening club should also teach the students how to start a lawn mower
and also how to maintain it, I am Sandyani (Sandy) When I did my teacher
practicums I experienced this, It was a Middle school in Nightcliff,
Life Skills to me are more about things you do at home, like cooking, and
helping your parents do things like make your own bed doing things aroudn the
home taught in the home. Parents should also be teaching children respect off
your elders and others, mine did but today it seems that doesn't exist at all.
Also being civil is a basic life skill learnt not in school but taught in the
home. Used to be taught cooking in Primary School in a class called Mothercraft,
but that is old school which went out the window along with most things that set
up life years ago.
The other life skills you mention here are more for those heading into high
schools and then getting a job that can be taught by teachers or lecturers that
come into the classroom to teach children/teenagers as they head into the
working life they will lead after school.
Yes, children should be taught these things by their parents and family. It is
very unfair for teachers to have to teach these things as well. Children today
are falling way behind with spelling, writing and maths. I have a high school
maths teacher friend who is teaching year 11 and year 12 students who don't know
their times tables. These students are doing advanced maths as part of their
VCE. He has found some children do not know their shapes, such as rectangles
etc. They are in their late primary school and early high school years. He is
helping them now to learn what should have been taught years ago. It was
reported lately that many grade 1 students can't count to 20 and/ or don't know
the alphabet. My 6 year old child can count past 100 and learnt the alphabet
when she was a toddler (2 or 3). Parents and teachers need to ensure that
children can count, know their times tables, know their alphabet and shapes.
Watching Sesame Street, Play School and Wally Kazaam also can help with this
too. It is so important for children to do reading and practice their spelling
daily, to help them in later life. Otherwise, they will really struggle with
school, further education and getting a job.
Absolutely. Now apart from the fact that the kids should arrive at school with
knowledge of shapes and colours, numbers and the alphabet courtesy of Play
School and Sesame Street - really, what ARE they being taught?
Political correctness, how to find all kinds of imaginary "discrimination",
their "rights" to ignore society's norms in order to express their
"individuality?" Surely these things can't have taken over the ENTIRE time that
used to be allotted to make the brats at least semi-numerate and literate?
If you have the child, you should step up to the plate and teach them how to
live in the real world. Deficient parents usually lead to deficient kids from
my observation and no amount of schooling is usually going to change that.
There are always exceptions to the rule. Teachers are not employed to be the
parents. Lets give kids opportunities at school not cram them full of rubbish.
Experiential learning is a great way to teach kids who cannot learn by sitting
in a class. Add the 3 Rs into that experience.
Isn't that what parents should do? For God's sake do NOT expect overworked,
exhausted teachers do do any more. So many are leaving the education systems
both public and private because they are burned out and get no support from most
parents in the struggle to make students able to do the basics of reading,
writing , spelling and adding up more than two numbers without a computer doing
it for them (often wrongly). Do not have children if you are not going to be
responsible for their life skills.
I would think that parents would teach many of these things. As soon as I bought
a car, my father taught me how to change the tyres, check the spark plugs, check
the oil, etc. I learned to fill in a tax return through watching my parents do
it. I automatically picked up social skills just through mixing with other
children at school. I was taught basic civility at home, as my parents were
always polite to us and to each other. I learned to cook, sew and wash at a
very young age through helping my mother. Job skills are usually learned on the
job or by training at a TAFE or similar. I was never taught critical thinking
skills, yet have always managed to solve problems, etc. I think perhaps people
sometimes get carried away with the need to teach people certain skills, when a
good dose of common sense will get you through most things.
Most definitely YES! But temember Teacher Associations have said that the School
Curriculum is already too crowded.....the question is what should go and what
should remain. And then there is the quality of Teaching and the lowered
Tertiary entrance standards for the Profession. Not so simple!