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Old June 1 2010, 07:49 PM   #1
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If you could devise a course to be taught for one semester at a high school level, in all public schools, what would it be? It can be absolutely anything. You don't need to be an expert in the subject yourself, you could recruit people to help devise the course.

Art? Religion? Politics? Basket-weaving?

Let's hear some creative ideas! As many details as possible!
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Old June 1 2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Financial Management.
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Old June 1 2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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Okay but you can't plagiarize from that Dave person. What would be your main points, or activities, or assignments?
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Old June 1 2010, 07:54 PM   #4
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Financial Management.
This is probably one of the most practical ideas. There are way too many kids out there who enter the "real world" with no concept of how things work. They end up blowing their cash, building up credit card debt, and getting themselves into trouble. Then they cry to their parents and ask for help.
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Old June 1 2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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It doesn't have to be practical, it can also be just plain fun.
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Old June 1 2010, 07:55 PM   #6
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Basic Mechanics/Carpentry/Plumbing

A class that teaches you how to do things like: change the oil in your car, unclog a drain, tune-up a lawnmower, fixing drywall, and random other things that you will probably need to know at some point in life. I realize some high schools have shop classes, but I would like an all-purpose class that teaches you a variety of basic things, and I would make the class a requirement for graduation.
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Old June 1 2010, 07:58 PM   #7
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Remote viewing.

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Old June 1 2010, 07:59 PM   #8
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Learning and Understanding Interpersonal Relationships: A course on how to interact with your peers, superiors, and subordinates in a professional manner

We need this one in schools right now... badly need this one.
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Old June 1 2010, 07:59 PM   #9
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Warp Coil wrote: View Post
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Financial Management.
This is probably one of the most practical ideas. There are way too many kids out there who enter the "real world" with no concept of how things work. They end up blowing their cash, building up credit card debt, and getting themselves into trouble. Then they cry to their parents and ask for help.
You get it, and I wasn't referring to "that Dave" person. People should know, by age 20, how to balance a checkbook, pay bills, and understand cash flow as well as the basics of investing.

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Basic Mechanics/Carpentry/Plumbing

A class that teaches you how to do things like: change the oil in your car, unclog a drain, tune-up a lawnmower, fixing drywall, and random other things that you will probably need to know at some point in life. I realize some high schools have shop classes, but I would like an all-purpose class that teaches you a variety of basic things, and I would make the class a requirement for graduation.
Absolutely brilliant. Sadly, many schools have done away with such programs to focus on test taking and "feel good" programs.



Oh, and contrary to what people might think, both above activities can be fun. There's nothing like when people can learn how to do things they thought overly difficult or impossible. A sense of accomplishment is very gratifying.
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Old June 1 2010, 07:59 PM   #10
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Financial Management.
God yes, please let this happen.
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Old June 1 2010, 08:00 PM   #11
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Some kind of course which helps to prepare the child for adulthood. They would get taught about the importance of eating well and exercising. They would be taught about how important it is to treat other people with respect. How to manage their money. They would be encouraged to think about what they are going to do after they leave school, and they would be provided with the advice they need for the next stage of their education etc.
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Old June 1 2010, 08:04 PM   #12
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Personal finance, like Picard said... teach kids how to budget their money, balance a checkbook (not that people still do that), how credit cards work, basics of the stock market, investing and saving for retirement, filing income tax returns, all that good stuff that students leave school clueless about. I think it would be a good class for junior year students so when people turn 18 it will be reasonably fresh in their minds.
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Old June 1 2010, 08:05 PM   #13
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^Yeah. High school needs to spend less time preparing people for college and more time preparing people for LIFE.
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Old June 1 2010, 08:09 PM   #14
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Meditation classes.

I think, in our very busy modern society, people shut out their own needs to cater to the demands of the moment. Teaching meditation classes would equip young people with the ability to focus on their own inner well being, which would increase awareness, critical thinking and possibly even lower some blood pressures and stress levels.
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Old June 1 2010, 08:11 PM   #15
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Logic.
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