School Uniforms, No More Summer Vacation, And An Extra Year Of High School

The things no kid wants are sometimes what every kid needs

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  • Credit scores. That seems like a simple subject to teach, but to do so properly would require several classes not just on paying bills, but also on avoiding credit traps, on avoiding high debt-to-income ratios, and on how much more expensive life is when one has a low credit score.
  • Buying a residence. Of course these kids are not ready to buy a house just out of high school, but so many of them have no clue about what is for many people the most important financial decisions of their lives. They can be taught about the benefits and the pitfalls, and especially about…
  • legal liability. Because most high school kids have no clue that most of our nation’s entire civil legal system revolves around those two words.
  • And bring back Home Economics! How many kids today have no clue about how to wash or iron or mend their clothes or dress for work, or cook a meal without using a microwave, or how to clean their room (much less the bathroom)? This may sound like no big deal to many, but to kids who’ve grown up spoiled, who have no idea what’s required in running a household, this can be hugely beneficial.
  • Aaaaaand then there’s the internet. Yes, I know, a lot of high school kids know the internet better than any of us older people, but a lot of them have little conception of the real-world dangers they can face online. They need to be taught not just about scams and rip-offs and how to spot predators, but also how to properly find the information they need, and what sites can be trusted. For instance, an online search seems easy, but unless one knows how to focus the search on a much narrower target, it can be very frustrating finding what one needs.

Retired Navy. Inveterate contrarian. If I haven’t done it, I’ve usually done something close.

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