So many grown adults ask me "where is the restroom?" at my place of business. I ask myself, where do they think it is? Its usually located at the back of the store. Not only is it located there but there is a large sign on the wall marking its location.
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And by idiots, i mean not that they have no intelligence... It is that they have no proper way of knowing what or how they; Cook themselves, look after themselves TREAT OTHERS and most importantly TREAT THEMSELVES, A lot of younger kids these days do not treat themselves how they should, let alone others, they think they are "being individual"... Like everyone else... If these kids were actually taught common sense, they would know they are individual anyway, even a doppelganger or a twin is different from each other, this is what needs to be taught! And empathy... Its a dying word these days because nobody has it, if someone starts having a seizure on the street then a bus runs over them, EVERYONE LAUGHS, and whats worse, they take their phones out and start video recording it, if common sense was taught in schools, THIS WOULDN'T HAPPEN, people would actually stop and think; "wait a sec, is this guy actually ok?" but no, it is a shame to the education system and a shame to humanity, something needs to be done about this... And this is the tip of the iceberg
Common sense is very simple, we all have it but it is upon us to rely on it. Todays technology can make us more dependent on that technology and not on our own brain. For example: cell phones are very convenient but sometimes people use them in the wrong ways. Texting and driving is a sad issue and all it needs is for the person to think that: is paying attention to the road more important or risking my life and someone else's by responding to a text that can wait. The point of this argument is just to rely on our brain and not on technology to do our thinking. Our brains are powerful and we all have it so lets use it.
What schools need to teach are common sense in life skills not in collage prep skills. Too many subjects (especially high school classes) are structured towards “collage prep” when what more classes need to be structured towards is Life Prep; reading, writing, arithmetic and personal health and how to sustain oneself “after school”. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in higher education, but not EVERYONE is collage material and even if ALL people are collage material, not all people can or need or will be Doctors and Lawyers and such. However, ALL people (ok maybe not the 1%) will someday be grown adults living and functioning as an integral part of society. But how can we expect them to do that when our schools don’t even teach them how to manage their own health, cook their own meals, balance their own check book, manage debt, manage a home, apply for a job, etc, etc, etc. HOW does prepping students on the advanced concepts of trigonometry, biology and other such topics teach them to common sense they will need to live and function as a contributing member of our society?
Schools should not be about teaching kids what think but about how to think, so using common sense would be important. I feel the education department spends to much time on subjects like languages and science and not enough on practical life skills, society knowledge and common sense. It would be a great asset to countries future?
Today i see alot of people lacking common sense, not knowing simple things, not being able to do the simplest of tasks that require common sense to perform, Schools teach too much useless education that you will never use in your life. If they taught common sense that is a life skill something people use every day, being able to pick things out that otherwise you would not think of. Like teaching someone how to fish it is an important thing. Schools need to teach more common sense or our later generations will become moronic.
The book “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was published in 1777, is not about teaching common sense, which can’t be taught.
What is common sense? Why can’t it be taught?
The definition of common sense is: sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.
I don’t know how you teach sound practical judgment. It comes from the school of hard-knocks. “The School of Hard Knocks or University of Hard Knocks is an idiomatic phrase meaning the (sometimes painful) education one gets from life's usually negative experiences, often contrasted with formal education.”
What exactly would you teach in grade or high school that is not already taught in school? You are required to know basic reading, writing and mathematics (arithmetic) before you reach high school, e.g., how speak, read, and write your language; how to add, multiply and divide numbers.
High schools have classes in the required core groups, some of which teach life skills, like driving a car and Health. Core classes include: English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Physical Education, Health, Driver Education, and Computer Tech. Students can also take electives, i.e., courses not required to graduate, but courses the student has an interest in, e.g., financial management.
Students enrolling in high school meet with HS guidance counselors to discuss their goals, e.g., take courses to prepare for college or to enter the trades or other non-college required occupations. All students must take classes in all the core groups. If students tell their HS guidance counselor that they want to go to college to be an engineer, they will have to take the advance math classes, e.g., basic calculus.
No high school student is forced to take advance math. Algebra II is not a required course in most high schools; but, many high schools are moving to require it because of "all the classes offered in high school, Algebra II is the leading predictor of college and work success."
High school students aren't forced to take “college prep” courses unless they are planning to go to college. Despite what some people think, algebra I is not a college prep course, it is a course that most people should have to solve basic math problems that you may encounter in real life. Trigonometry is considered a high school level course, but it is not required to graduate.
High schools offer an elective in personal finance. A few states are requiring a mandatory course devoted to personal finance and other states are trying to make it easier for students to fit personal finance classes into their schedules by giving a match credit for the course.
It is sad to see that anyone would consider courses in basic biology and the physical sciences as unnecessary. Many religious-right folks don’t want these course taught because they might open up their children’s minds to the fact that creationism is superstitious nonsense.
Fishing is not a life skill but a recreational pastime.