3 Crucial Things That School Never Taught You

This is a guest post by Jacob Share of JobMob


Are you one of those people who say they never learned anything in high school? Me neither. I learned a lot in high school, but there were some critical topics that never appeared on the blackboard.

1) Parenting

Carrying an egg around for a week isn't parenting. The sad thing is just doing that class assignment would have already put you "in the know" compared to most other high school graduates.

Looking at how you were raised by your parents will rarely prepare you for the real thing, which is why so many people agonize before having kids and then get stressed out when they do. Or worse, they become bad parents.

2) Financial Literacy

Can you read a company's financial statement? Could you read one when you finished school?

Let's try another example- do you know what the difference is between an asset and a liability?

Most people aspire to buying their own house for when they decide to settle down. Seems like a good asset to have, right? Think again. As long as you're paying off the mortgage on that house, it's a liability, a debt to pay off, not something bringing you any immediate returns. And because you're covering a mortgage, you're actually paying much more than the house cost the bank to buy it for you in the first place.

3) Job Hunting

People should love job hunting. It's a chance to do something better, to raise your standard of living, to move up in the world and improve life not just for you, but your dependents as well.

So then why does everyone hate looking work? Because they were never taught how to do it. As a result, they lack self-confidence and steel themselves for potentially months of the resume-interview-rejection cycle and should hardly be surprised when they meet those low expectations.

What you can do

If the educational system won't educate you, you need to educate yourself:

  1. Read – there are many terrific blogs, self-help books and guides that can teach you but do yourself a favor and start reading BEFORE you need to make life-changing decisions on these topics.
  2. Learn – consider enrolling in an online course, local seminar or workshops with experts who have a proven track record for what they teach.
  3. Network – join support groups, discussion forums and social media sites whose members have similar experience or better. Try to find a mentor you can follow to success.

What do you think?

How were you able to overcome this missing chunk of your education?

About the author

Jacob Share created JobMob to bring together job seekers and jobfinders to find jobs in Israel and all over the world. The blog is filled with straight-talking advice based on real world experience and lots of humor thrown in, so you should subscribe now to JobMob via RSS or email if you're looking for a better job or just want to laugh about it with articles like the 150 Funniest Resume Mistakes, Bloopers and Blunders Ever.

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30 Responses to “ 3 Crucial Things That School Never Taught You ”

  1. There were a lot of things that I didn’t learn in school – but fortunately I learned a lot from my parents and from reading books that were outside the curriculum taught in school. Most things we own come with instructions, but money isn’t one of them.
    Regarding the purchase of a home – most buyers elect a 30-year mortgage, not realizing they could reduce that time period by almost half. Let’s say your mtg. is $1000 and it’s due on the 1st of every month. Pay your mtg. on the 1st then pay 1/2 your mtg. on the 15th, then 1/2 on the 1st and continue this schedule throughout the year – you will have made one extra payment (13 payments instead of 12) – but because the lender is getting his money earlier, depending on the interest rate, you can pay your house off 10-15 years earlier. You can also use this same method of payment for your vehicles, credit cards, etc.
    Another tip – when you get a raise at work, don’t spend it, bank it and once you’ve paid off a credit card (assuming you haven’t or can’t pay off your card monthly) or vehicle, take the money you were sending off to creditors – and save/invest it.
    And, of course, you should always be paying yourself first – meaning, put 5-10% of your net income in savings before you pay anyone else – and keep it there!

  2. I’d say that the only thing we’ve really got from school – is the ability to find and process data, i.e. to learn… and some very basics of all spheres of life to be able to decide what to choose to work in… and collect knowledge about:)

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  3. I agree with #1 and #2. No parenting skills are taught, so everyone does what their parents did to them. Obviously this isn’t always the best. A little education could certainly go a long way for the good of society if there were some requirements in this area.

  4. Mike and Deborah- glad that you’re enjoying this. Just to clarify- I’m not ranting against home ownership, I’m ranting against *automatic home* ownership.

    Deborah, you gave great examples to prove my point that everyone assumes they should buy a home, but few people understand when is a good time to do so. You have an asset while your friends have a serious liability. Good for you!

    John- “I think education is probably the most important part to becoming successful; just keep in mind it’s only a tool . . . one of many”. I don’t think that a school-based education is the most important part to becoming successful but it is critical and you’re right that more tools are needed to complement it, or perhaps, for it to be so critical.

    Polina- if every pupil got so much and applied it, the world would be a better place

  5. @Jacob: thank you for keeping up with the comments.. I agree with most of those points you made…. school curriculum definitely feels out of balance in US… Im not sure if they are still teaching something called Chicago Math – a twisted way of learning arithmetic – and so much energy and money being spent in doing things that are completely unnecessary..

    Being able to balance a check book is a great example and every kid should be able to do that… and if they have a sound base for their finances, everything else can be easier..

    again, thanks for such a great post!

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  7. This is a good time for me to get ready for my next job, since right now I can’t see leaving this company. It is a very good point that my resume should be up to date, contacts can be re contacted and options can be considered. Before I have had to rush around and ended up “settling”.

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  8. This is a very honest article I can tell it from the title.

    I think you have hit the nail on the head, these things and so many other things cannot be taught at school.

  9. You definitely have to add Money Management to this list. I think around 3 out of 5 people who go to college come out with credit card debt. If you never learn how to manage your money, how will you manage your life?

  10. Well, I hope schools wake up and see this post of yours. You’re right, its sad that these basic things are not taught in school. We dont shape kids, we just make them dumb.

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