I’ve often thought about the British school curriculum and I’m not sure I will ever understand why certain things are ignored. It also seems a little bit silly that some of the subjects taught seem irrelevant, it’s like a few wires got crossed along the way.
These are a few things that I think we should be taught in schools.
Politics – the basics // It both baffles and angers me that people are not taught about politics in school because it leaves young people feeling cut off from the political system. I have many friends who chose not engage in politics because they feel that they don’t understand it enough. It’s also incredibly dangerous for people to leave school and enter the adult world without a developed political knowledge because it makes it easier for people to turn to alternative political choices. It would be so easy to encourage people to vote if they were simply taught the basics in school.
How the country works // People should be taught exactly how Britain works from the armed forces, to government and the justice system. A kind of citizenship if you will.
Finances // I’m also baffled by the fact that you are taught not taught financial management in school and if you are it’s to an abhorrently low standard. Young people should leave school knowing all about interest rates and what to do if you need financial help.
Consent // I still don’t understand how this is not on the curriculum and it really should form part of sex education.
First aid // A friend of mine was able to save his grandfather’s life simply by using the first aid he had learnt. How amazing would it be for people to leave school and be able to cope in an emergency, be able to save a life if they need to.
How to spot mental illness // As the stigma around mental health is slowly – very slowly – being lifted, it’s inevitable that this will be taught in schools. Young people should be taught how to recognise the first signs of a mental illness and exactly how to care for one.
What do you think should be added to the curriculum?