“You will need The Pythagorean theorem in your life at some point.”

This statement, in my opinion, is the biggest lie math teachers have told students.

I’ve had to change two tires from the time I first learned the Pythagorean theorem and I can say that I am thankful to my dad for being patient enough to teach me how to do it.

But the first time it happened, I had no idea what to do. I was on the freeway, driving happily along and then pop. I panicked, hyperventilated, saw my life flash before my eyes, then remembered I didn’t live in the Dark Ages and picked up my phone to call AAA.

I almost panicked just as much the fist time I had to write a check, the first time I had to do my own taxes and the first time I was getting haggled while buying my first car.

These are all things that while should be taught at home, aren’t always or not thoroughly enough and I believe should be taught in school.

How about a class that really hones in on preparing students for what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I mean, really get down to it.

How about something as basic as communication. We communicate with each other every single day, and while we are required to take a communications class in college, it’s really only about public speaking.

When applying for a job, one of the top requirements is effective communication. Everyone thinks they’re good at it but in reality aren’t. Managing one’s way through a conflict efficiently, being a good listener and showing empathy when needed are skills needed in a team-oriented working environment which most jobs require.

I did take an economics class in high school, but it didn’t teach me about the economy today and how it is relevant to my life. What about politics? I want to be taught the specifics about political parties and the  relevance to today so that I may be a more informed as a voter.

Call me old-fashioned, but what about proper etiquette? I work part-time as a waitress and I can not stress enough the lack of general manners and politeness I witness every shift from young to old.   

In the 1950s there was home economics class. While this was mainly geared toward women, it doesn’t have to be. It could include light plumbing such as fixing a leaky faucet, installing a light fixture, cooking, sewing and overall managing a household.

While we’re on the topic of households, let’s back it up to before we even buy or rent a house. I want to know the dos and the don’ts of buying a house, and tips and tricks to dealing with everything in between. What is a home inspection? Do I do that before or after I buy the house? Can someone teach me the specifics of a mortgage?

At the end of the day, I would like to think I have some sort of financial intelligence, but even that isn’t as simple as it sounds.

I want to be taught everything that will legitimately get me through life without making me question why I didn’t learn it. I’m not saying that math, English, history and all the other subjects already being taught in school aren’t important, because they are. What I am saying is that there isn’t an emphasis on preparing future generations to be the best they possibly can be.

I’m also not expecting to be the knower of all knowledge, but if I could choose to set myself up to at least go through life with the knowledge of the basics, things would sure be a hell of a lot easier.

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