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Should Real Life Skills Be Taught In School?

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Started: 2/11/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lilytakena

Pro

This debate is to discuss whether or not real life skills should be taught in school. Please refrain from using obscure language and mention websites, if possible. I suggest that everyone watches "Don't Stay In School" on YouTube before addressing the issue.
myfakename

Con

If you do not make these subjects mandatory, how many students would choose to learn? Many kids wouldn't know if they wanted to become a scientist, engineer, doctor, etc.
Debate Round No. 1
lilytakena

Pro

I find it saddening that society believes that students will not have natural curiosity. Most students will want to find out more about something, especially if they are not forced to learn it and are not forced to memorize pointless things that they don't want to learn.
myfakename

Con

If teachers try to apply those lessons to real classrooms, then those classes would take 12 hours a day. Those classes just aren't acceptable in real life time.
Debate Round No. 2
lilytakena

Pro

I do not think that it will take 12 hours to learn these skills. We can spread it out through many years and its not that complicated to learn these things. Many teachers agree with this issue and want kids to be prepared for life.
myfakename

Con

I believe that these skills of x-=-b/2a should be kept even if you put in real life schools. Don't throw away whole subjects!! These are good skills, for scientists, they need to know cells, plant life, biology, they need to learn how to dissect animals, not learn about how much tax is. Trial and error is okay, look at the grownups nowadays, trial and error is what life is made up of.
Debate Round No. 3
lilytakena

Pro

Yes the quadratic formula is important for up and coming scientist , engineers, etc. But what about all of the other students who want to do something else? If we let academic classes become optional then people who want to learn about it will learn about it and will pursue in the career they want. Making real life skills mandatory will secure the fact that students will be prepared for life.
myfakename

Con

most kids don't know what they want to be yet. re they supposed to choose the science pathway when they are in kindergarten? If not, then who will, their parents? Their lives shouldn't be based upon their parents dreams. Yes we need to make our own choices, but if it's not mandatory then how will students grow up with knowledge? Yes, the classes would take up to at least 12 hours a day, but basically in 5 years you will be done with all you need to learn about real life, there's not a lot of information.
Debate Round No. 4
lilytakena

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lilytakena forfeited this round.
myfakename

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myfakename forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by crazytomboy88 1 year ago
crazytomboy88
teenagers should already be prepared for this before collage so they don't have to worry and pay money to learn it when they should have already been taught it
Posted by IamUK21 1 year ago
IamUK21
Its variable.
Depending on the individual.
More specifically you need to be.
Posted by myfakename 1 year ago
myfakename
I believe that real life skills should be taught along with a few of the basic knowledge left from the earlier curriculum. We should have knowledge of our heritage, background of our country, and basic math. So that when we do take a course on how to work taxes and how to get a job, we will know how to add those taxes and work them out with ease. Learning all of the residents is not important, we should only have the need to know who our current president is. Learning is a great thing, but real life skills is much more important that being forced to learn the quadratic equation. When you go to have an interview, they won't ask you who the 31st president was, they will ask you common questions like if we know how to file our taxes and if we know basic rules. This "excess" knowledge isn't needed.
Posted by myfakename 1 year ago
myfakename
no
Posted by livyrocks10 1 year ago
livyrocks10
#selfish
Posted by myfakename 1 year ago
myfakename
i said no
Posted by livyrocks10 1 year ago
livyrocks10
THAT IS WHAT COLLEGE IS FOR, CoN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by becboo1010 1 year ago
becboo1010
I think real life skills should be taught in schools. Without this knowledge, how will we know what to do in the real world? Our society needs to be informed about real world situations. What is our world coming to when seniors in high school still have no idea how to write a check?
Posted by myfakename 1 year ago
myfakename
No
Posted by livyrocks10 1 year ago
livyrocks10
Personally, I am for real life skills being taught in school. Most teens graduate knowing all of the presidents in alphabetical order but do not know how to write a check. I think it's ridiculous that we are not taught anything like this! We're not even taught cursive in school unless your teacher specifically wants to.
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