“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. –Nelson Mandela
Financial literacy should be a course in high school as it will help set students up for success when they start making an income. In a lot of cases, I feel many people don’t understand how to budget and invest when they start making an income. Financial literacy can help students develop a greater understanding regarding knowledgeable budgeting, money management, secondary income development and saving money. Money management is a life skill that everyone will utilize in their future whether they are part of the lower class or upper class.
We are now in the age of technology and the technology we utilize is constantly improving thus programming is a growing industry. I believe that programming should be a fundamental skill like math or science, as it has both complexity and relevance applicable to daily life. Programming is one of the most powerful tools students can learn because they can learn to solve problems and create something from nothing. Furthermore, with the increase of online usage and the constant innovations in the internet of things (IOT), it is important to develop students for the new age workforce. This due to the fact that as the internet and technology continue to develop, many careers will no longer be relevant. But programming will be the foundational knowledge required in order to work in many new careers being developed. In addition, simply giving students the opportunity to take a single programming class could inspire them to learn on their own time and create their own projects.
Personal growth should be a class in both elementary school and high school in order to help students develop on their personal journeys. This course should be comprised of personal growth lessons in breathing, meditation, mastery, learning, speed reading, memory, and relevant life skills. I believe personal growth can help create self-awareness for students and change their lives forever. For example, by teaching the Whim Hoff Method of breathing, students could take a simple life skill and reduce their stress levels without taking medicine. Furthermore, by teaching Tim Ferris’ or Kwik Learning’s speed reading curriculum students can reduce the duration of time they spend reading with increased retention. Thus, by teaching personal growth in terms of skills and learning, students can possess a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. This will help students achieve their goals and develop as individuals while reducing the effects of negative peer pressure and criticism.
Entrepreneurship should be a required fundamental class taught in elementary school and high school. This is because entrepreneurship improves creativity, forces the practice of a variety of skills and empowers creators. By teaching entrepreneurship, students can learn to start a business and gain experience in launching a real business. This will help students understand how a business operates, inspire them to start their own and help students find their path into business at an earlier age. A simple new venture project could give students the experience they need in order to have the confidence and foundation required to start their own business. Furthermore, entrepreneurship is important for society and the economy as it increases jobs increases innovation and improves the standard of living.