Top Ten Things People Should Have Learned in School, and Didn't

It's amazing the things adults still do not know. How did they graduate from grade school?
The Top Ten
1 Anger management

I feel like this is one of the most important ones. When you are angry, it only gets worse and worse until you can't come out of it and you hurt the ones you love. If you get really angry at work and break stuff, you can be fired.

This is a serious thing to learn. Never take your anger out on anyone. It is disrespectful, rude, mean, and even a terrible thing to do. Trust me, I've been there!

They only teach this in special SEL classes at my school (for people who really need extra SEL instruction like me).

2 Different sexualities and genders

Honestly, they don't need to explain *all* genders and sexualities since they are both limitless. People have made different labels to explain what we experience. A few examples such as bisexual, pansexual, panromantic, genderfluid, etc., would be good.

Kids should be taught to think critically about sexuality and gender at a young age.

I know! When I came out as bi, everyone was confused about what that was. Same with my gender non-binary friend.

3 How to farm and grow crops

Not everyone is going to grow food and be a farmer, but it is interesting to learn how to grow some of your own food.

4 How to love yourself/take care of your self esteem
5 How to make an appointment
6 Christopher Columbus did not discover America

Christopher Columbus is just an idiot who gets all the credit for doing nothing. First of all, the Native Americans discovered and settled America way before him. And Columbus was such an idiot he thought the land he arrived at was Asia. It was Amerigo Vespucci who actually had the brains to realize that it was a completely different continent. Columbus just had horrible navigational skills, sailed his boat, and got the credit for being so great and glorious.

The Native Americans had this place first. As a Native American, I hate having to learn that humans supposedly came from Asia. My culture believes that we were originally here always, and it's offensive to be told that I am not correct.

7 Identity protection
8 How to do taxes

You need to know how to pay taxes in order to be able to live on your own. You'll need this more than you'll need to memorize the periodic table anyway.

I did in financial math, but it was more of the basic stuff.

I feel like most schools already do this, but all schools need to.

9 The difference between your and you're

It's not that hard...

Your: Used when referring to something that belongs to you.

You're: Short for "you are."

Your: "Your" is telling someone it's theirs (Your shoes are untied).

You're: Short for "you are" (You're big and chunky). Get it right!

Damn, a lot of people don't know this, and it hurts every time they get it wrong.

10 Humans did not evolve from monkeys

I love when people say, "If people evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?" like it is some great revelation that disproves human evolution. Nobody who paid attention in class, or had a good teacher, thinks that evolution theory means the family tree of human beings includes a chimpanzee.

We came from some ape-like creature. Then the universe or something was like, "Hey, let's make this into a freaky animal that's unusually evolved, and let's see if they can do stuff with their brains." Then the Internet was born. God did not make us out of monkeys, you Neanderthals.

The Contenders
11 How to be smart with money

Plenty of adults tend to be aware of this advice, but they can act impulsively and squander lots of money, leading to financial instabilities.

12 Knowledge is not the accumulation of facts
13 How to pay a mortgage
14 You don't use apostrophes to make a word plural

Apostrophes are often used in contractions or when referring to something that belongs to another person.

When writing a plural, you don't add an apostrophe before the 's.'

It's basic grammar that you should've learned in the second grade.

What? My teacher never told me that! I'm serious. They never told me.

Wow. You should learn this in 1st grade, not right now.

15 How to get a job

A lot of stuff on here they DO teach you in school, but people don't care about it or just forget it in general. But this one I agree with. There are a lot of people in this world who have graduated high school and college but still can't find a decent job.

It is very important to get a job. You won't have money to spend on holidays or birthday gifts otherwise. I used to work at Spiral Press and Eddie Bauer until the COVID scare, of course.

So many people have gone jobless because of these schools, man.

16 The difference between there, their and they're

There: Used when referring to "over there."

Their: Used when referring to something that belongs to them. It's theirs.

They're: Short for "they are."

I was an idiot to think that primary school would teach people this. Why don't 14-year-olds know this?

Your and you're aren't a huge deal, but this one can change the course of a statement to a great extent.

17 Alot is not a word

There is a lot (see it) of teachers who think that. I know, I mean a lot.

Every time someone does that, I mentally cringe so hard.

I have made the mistake of thinking this is a word.

18 Do your research

The "research skills" I learned at school amounted to nothing more than looking something up on Wikipedia. Please teach students to rigorously explore a subject by themselves, read academic papers, and so on. Also, teach them that all sources are biased and need to be engaged with critically.

19 Africa is not a country

Along with the even more common misconception that America is a country, I've definitely encountered quite a few people who thought Africa was a country. To tell the truth, I used to think so as well when I was little. Africa is not a country. It's a continent. The same goes for America. The country is the United States, while America is the continent in which the United States is located. The other continents are Asia, Europe, Antarctica, Oceania, and Australia.

More people are beginning to find out that this is wrong. However, I just feel disappointed in my generation when they say that Africa is a country. Africa has 1 billion people and many distinct cultures. For example, you won't find a Zulu warrior in Morocco.

20 Read the instructions

I always do this. The instructions may take you a long time to read, but they'll at least save time in the long run. Trying to figure it out on your own can be more time-consuming. By the way, YouTube tutorials don't really count as instructions. The person could get something wrong, which will affect you too.

It's amazing how much stupid stuff people do and how much time they waste because they don't bother to read the words right in front of them.

When you want to cook something, you need to pay very close attention to instructions. You should learn instructions. Otherwise, you will have a serious car crash!

21 Don't plagiarize

We were all taught to do our own work and not copy off of others. So why does everyone feel it is okay to steal the work of others? Quote people, sure, but give credit where credit is due.

In 5th grade, we had a musical called "The Case of the Missing Paragraph." It was about how William ("Bill") Shakespeare stole a paragraph and how a horrible detective and their assistant (the narrator) solved it.

Everybody had to be in it, EVERYBODY! I don't know if it's because I have a good memory or something, but we went over the play and the concepts so many times that I memorized the whole 45-minute musical.

22 How it will help them in life

Even in abstract subjects like math, it's important to give kids a broad view of what it'll help them do later on. Teachers are lazy and just skip this so they can get to things that will be on the test.

23 You are not special

Everyone is special for their looks, talents, and personality, or is that unique?

If everyone is special, then we are all like each other. So no one's special - Unnamed Google User Remade

24 Not all Asians are Chinese

Look at all these Asian countries. Not including Russia for some reason. Also, New Zealand is part of Oceania.

"India, Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan, Kampuchea, Malaysia, then Bangladesh, Asia, and China, Korea, Japan. Mongolia, Laos, and Tibet, Indonesia, the Philippine Islands, Taiwan. Sri Lanka, New Guinea, Sumatra, New Zealand, then Borneo and Vietnam."

-Yakko Warner

Edit: I'm aware of the song's many flaws, and there's probably something wrong with the part I typed up.

Seriously! Do you not learn about continents at school?

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