Did you know mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell? And that in literature water represents change? Because that's about all I remember from grade school. We all had to sit through these pointless lessons, and then learn about taxes and stuff on our own later in life. SO what should be taught in school? These Redditors have some ideas.

u/ClickTheWolf asked: What's something that should be taught in schools that isn't?


YES.

Critical thinking as opposed to mass memorization and regurgitation.

refreshing_username

I teach 6th grade science and most of it is rote memorization at its core, but I mainly try to make it as "hands on" as possible, so they have to think through the investigation. I also, have days where we just do brain-teasers. I tell them that I don't care if they finish, or even get the right answers, I just want them to try and really think creatively and critically.

Latent_tendency

Learn it to the tune of "Stayin' Alive".

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Practical medicine.

HelixHeart

Specifically CPR and first aid. Those kinds of classes can easily be taught in under 10 hours, and offer a lifetime of important skills.

I'm amazed that I never got taught these things at any point throughout school, but had to instead pay money to take classes taught at the local college.

ZiggoCiP

This would be helpful.

Financial Literacy it's disheartening to see the number of people who do not understand the basics of interest, debt and saving money.

FriendsFan30

I'd like to see high school students calculate their prospective incomes after college for different majors with different student loan debts. 17 year olds are being asked to pick careers and take out 10s of thousands of dollars in debt and yet many have no idea about how much debt is reasonable/unreasonable.

socialistbob

A lot of us could use that now.

How to get a job.

Kiwiranga

That's a good one. Like practice how to do interviews and make resume?

JinXzz092

Wish I knew this...

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There is other options besides college.

CoreEzyah

I'm sure that there are a lot of sh*tty engineers running around that could have been fantastic tradesmen.

Gibborim

Yes to all of these.

Sign language. How to have be comfortable in you're own skin. How to pluck up the courage to phone business/doctors to book appointments. How to do taxes. Adulting for dummies. How to process anxiety/panic attacks healthy.

i-need-more-sleep13

Mine too.

Financial literacy. Emotional intelligence. My life would be completely different if I had learned these things as opposed to when the war of 1812 was, and mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell.

UniqueBeauty177

Sadly, yes.

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In America, it should be gun safety.

The_DisasterBox

We watched gun safety videos in my shop class. I agree, though, if we have the right to bear arms, we should be including gun safety in public education.

kkngs

Trade school is an option,

How much money you can make in the trades. They should call in a plumber, an electrician, an HVAC guy, etc. and have them go down the line saying, "I'm a ______. I went to school for ________ years and now I make _________ a year."

College tuition would plummet.

PastorWithQuestions

Definitely.

Accurate history of Indigenous people and how horribly they were treated (mass murders, residential schools, stolen land, etc), and current information on them especially in regards to communities without proper housing and/or access to clean water/electricity.

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"Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the hottest and dumbest of them all?"

I know that is not verbatim the original quote, but it is close to the original.

Brains and beauty are always intertwined.

So often people confess about wanting to be more of the other.

No one is ever happy where they are. Why are we like that?

If given a chance, like a Disney movie, how do you trade?

Is it superficial to want looks over knowledge? Or vice versa?

Let's get deep....

Redditor BroodyBatman wanted to know who was willing to give up a little bit of brains for a whole lot of beauty, so they asked:

"Would you give up 15-20 IQ points to be really, REALLY ridiculously good looking? Why?"
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If there's over seven billion plus people in the world, turns out you can run into these 'coincidences' more often than you think.

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But thankfully, there are some more innocent comnspiracies out there. For example, a former classmate once told me that he was convinced he couldn't remember all the items on his shopping list because of shopping elves distracting him to buy other things he didn't exactly need.

To be fair, he was a little stoned at the time and I told him he might want to consider just writing and referring to a shopping list.

People shared their thoughts with us after Redditor ConcentrateNext1734 asked the online community,

"What’s a conspiracy that you believe, but the majority of people don’t believe or know about?"
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Children are very impressionable. They're also little humans, remember, and all quite different. Some are more afraid of some things than others. When I was a kid, some of my classmates were utterly terrified of Chucky, the killer doll.

I think he worked the best in the first film and to a larger extent in the second, but after that? Those movies got a bit ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?

Well, the memories linger, as you can imagine.

People took us on a trip down memory lane after Redditor teacatpeng asked the online community,

"What’s something you saw (as a kid) that gave you nightmares for a long time?"
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