Three Courses I Wish Existed in High School

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Do you remember your high school days? I had some fun times. I’m not sure how I managed to get through and pass my courses because I really didn’t like any of the classes that I had to take. Before I go any further, please don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to bash the educational system or to say that I know it all. I just wish that the educational system had more practical courses back in high school. I wish courses existed that set us up for the rest of our lives.

What are three courses that I wish existed in high school?

Public speaking.

I suck at public speaking. I’m trying to get better.

How does that saying go? I still remember the Jerry Seinfeld joke. People are most afraid of public speaking and dying. So we’d rather be the one in the casket than the one giving the eulogy.

I haven’t read enough on this topic to assign the definitive textbook. I do believe that Never Eat Alone would be a great choice. It’s important that we learn how to interact with others. I’ve met too many selfish young folks that are clueless about this.

Leadership.

None of us know how to be leaders. All of my friends are just looking for a map or script to follow. A guideline to get things done. We aren’t taught to lead and solve problems.

The ideal textbook for this course would be Linchpin by Seth Godin. This is by far the best book on this topic. This is the call to action that young folks need to wake up and do something!

If leadership was taught in high school, more of us would be able to solve common problems and get ahead in life instead of waiting around.

Mastering money.

How do you save money? What money do you pay your bills with? Where should you put your money? How do credit cards work?

All of these questions are left unanswered upon graduating from high school. We’re all clueless. I was once visiting my brother away at college and one of his roommates wasn’t sure how a credit card works. This dude wants to become a doctor one day, but he didn’t know that you don’t pay interest on a credit card until you miss your deadline. He thought that he would start paying interest the second that he made a purchase.

We’re all left uninformed on how to save money or budget our money properly.

The best book on mastering money is I Will Teach You To Be Rich. The author covers everything from automating your savings to paying off credit card. These are the fundamentals of saving money and getting ahead.

Those are courses that I wish I had the opportunity to take. If I was in charge of putting these courses together, I would also ensure that I could choose the books as mentioned in the post. These courses would also be mandatory to passing high school. You get a pass or fail grade, so you wouldn’t have to worry about getting a poor grade if you didn’t excel at public speaking..

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