Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We've been complaining about the education system again. I guess it is a normal thing in my line of work. One man was saying how we are missing the basics, learning how to spell, doing mental math, memorizing the times tables. I think that the "system" expects kids to have help with a calculator or spell check, and so they don't need to figure things in their head.
One woman was talking about the skills one needs as a mother - basic nursing skills, knowing how to teach, cleaning and organizing, time management, etc.
Another woman said she was in a financial management class at a library, and very few people came, so she got personalized guidance on her finances. This is yet another set of skills that we don't teach our children. I was one of the lucky ones who was taught how to balance my checkbook at school. At that time, it seemed too simple and I knew that there was more to learn, but I didn't know what questions to ask to learn any more.
I think that if the teachers don't teach it in the schools, then it is the parent's requirement to teach it at home. I'm not sure I did such a good job keeping up with my requirements. Luckily, my job isn't over, and I can continue to help her with these tasks when the time comes. I think I've taught her the philosophy of these things, but I don't think she is ready to sit down with me to learn a lesson about mortgages right now.
There are a lot of good books available to review right now - they come in surges, there were three I wanted, so it was hard to choose. I requested a money answer book. I expect it to tell people to maximize the revenue by get a good job that maximizes their skills and talents, to keep going after that promotion. And it should talk about mortgages and investments and paying off the credit card, and retirement. It should talk about minimizing expenses.