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5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School

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5 Things That Should Be Taught in Every School
I mean, almost all of the important history I learned between grades 5 and 12 I could probably find on Wikipedia and understand within a few weeks now. And pretty much any basic scientific knowledge you could ever want to learn is explained with pretty videos on YouTube.

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Things that should be taught in every school

Things that should be taught in every school
  1. Personal finance: credit cards, savings and retirement;
  2. Relationships: communication, consent, sexuality;
  3. Logic and Reasoning: Logical progressions; 
  4. Self-Awareness: thinking about thoughts and feelings;
  5. Skepticism: nothing is certain, there are no things completely reliable.

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Financial illiteracy is a really big problem

Financial illiteracy is a really big problem

If you have a society full of people buying crap they can’t afford, retiring with no savings, getting sick and not being able to afford health care, that screws all of us in a major way.

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Few things influence our lives as much as our relationships do

Few things influence our lives as much as our relationships do

Learning how to exercise some conscious control of how you express your emotions and intimacy is possibly the most life-changing skill set you’ll ever come across.

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We’re rarely taught in school how to actually think

We’re rarely taught in school how to actually think

Instead, we’re taught how to copy and memorize things — and then promptly forget them. This poorly suits us for sorting through the complexities of adult life

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Self awareness can be learned through practice

Self awareness can be learned through practice

Anything that requires you to think about what you’re thinking, to have feelings about your feelings, is developing your ability to be self-awaremeditation, talk therapy, journaling etc.

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Uncertainty is what drives you to become curious and to learn

Uncertainty is what drives you to become curious and to learn

Pretty much anything good in life comes from uncertainty or a state of not knowing. It’s what keeps you humble. Pretty much anything bad in life comes from certainty: complacency, arrogance, prejudice.

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  • Ask for input from people who know you well about where your strengths and weaknesses lie, to gauge your perception from another’s point of view.
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