Originally Posted by JohnnyJimJams
I went to school in the Australian public school system, and what what sadly lacking was a class that taught a skill set that we could use in real life. Perhaps a skill set including.....
Career & work
Conciousness & Awareness
Courage and Fear
There a number of different kinds of things to be learned in life. Here's a spur of the moment classification, purely as an example:
content (long division)
thinking skills (logic)
effectiveness skills (time management)
personal skills (consciousness)
American school are set up mostly to teach the first one, with some of the others as side benefits, purposely or not. In my opinion, the lessons learned indirectly stick longer, if they're ever learned. The problem is setting up curriculum so that they're learned without being the focus of the class.
I'm of the un-school philosophy -- home schooling or small schools where the learning is directed by students' interests, all life skills are addressed, and educators are open and honest with students about what they're learning and why.