Updated: May 29, 2022
Life skills should be taught to teenagers at school together with traditional subjects like maths and science. Do you agree?
Nowadays, some schools are teaching life skills as well as traditional subjects. Some people say this prepares students better for life in the real world, whereas others say it is not necessary. In my opinion, school should prepare students for adult life at a modern level.
On the one hand, it is important to connect knowledge of regular school subjects with life skills, although this does not always look simple. But this is what we study at school for, in the end. So, financial skills such as budget planning and saving money are essential to avoid falling into debt as an adult, and it can be learned while at school. It would also be a good idea to learn basic cooking, as this is fundamental for survival when you are living on your own.
On the other hand, some people argue that there is no time for extra subjects at school and that life skills should be learned at home. Personally, I think we already learn many life skills while doing traditional school subjects. For example, we learn team work by doing a group project, and organization of our homework teaches us time management skills. Thus, the ability to apply knowledge creatively is the most important life skill that should be learned at school, in fact.
To sum up, I believe that all schools should teach life skills directly. It would not require too much extra work because there is no need to teach them fully separately from conventional subjects. But that would make sure that students leave school better prepared for independent living at the university and when working.