home ec. isn’t the only thing i think is missing from schools today. then again, i don’t think schools have ever taught us things that are so damn important, things people should KNOW. while yes, chemistry, calculus, and social studies are important to our general knowledge they also just help you figure out what you want to conitue to specialize in when you get to college. and while that’s great people still come out of school, MBAs in hand, with absolutely NO knowledge of things they’re still going to have to deal with or how to do them. i feel like, as an adult, there are so many things i’ve encountered after school that i WISH someone had taught me to do.
so maybe i’ll start a school, let’s call it Real Life Community College Prep School, here are the classes you’ll be required to take:
You & The IRS
Course description: have you ever wondered how to fill out those tax forms when you start a new job? this course will tell you what boxes you should be checking and how many exemptions you should be claiming to get the results you want. you’ll also learn how to file your taxes, at least the simple 1040 & EZ forms, so you don’t lose your money to Turbo Tax or HR Block.
Necessary supplies: a calculator (or a phone with a calculator function because let’s face it, that’s what we all really use!)
Funding Your Future
Course description: you need to start saving for your future with your first job. don’t wake up one day in your late 20′s and realize that you never started a 401k. the sooner you start saving the less you feel the pain and the richer you’ll be when you retire… because i’m preeeetty sure Social Security won’t be around when you do.
Required reading: any of the David Bach Finish Rich series, but then you might not need to come to class
Pregnancy – The Ugly Truth
Course description: So you’ve heard it’s painful and you think health class has told you everything you’ll need to know. think again! you have no idea what pregnancy entails until you go through it yourself and half way through you may think – is it too late to change my mind? this course will also give you the basic skills you need, like changing a diaper so that you don’t wind up many decades later never having changed a diaper until your first child is born (hi M, i love you!)
Required reading: Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs
Confidence: Learned, Not Earned
Course description: In this course you’ll learn the little tips and tricks to portarying confidence – use it as you wish: to score a job, score a chick, or just act like you know what you’re doing.
1.1 No one likes limp – especially in a handshake
2.1 Pajamas are for sleeping – clothes do in fact make the man, don’t dress like a fool
2.2 Know your shapes – there is a flattering look for every body size and shape, learn yours
3.1 Flattery will get you everywhere – a how to
Course description: It’s never too early to gain an appreciation for what your parents have done in their lives, to provide for you, and to better your family. you WILL gain this appreciation once you reach adulthood but your life will be so much richer if you learn these lessons earlier.
Prerequisite: having parents who didn’t beat/abuse/abandon you in any way
what courses would you like to have had before you were set off into the Real World?