In 1827, Massachusetts became the first state to provide free public education to all of its citizens. Over the next 66 years, other states followed. Each classroom had one teacher and about 28 students. Subjects included reading, writing, and arithmetic.
Almost 200 years later, society is radically different. But the classroom and curriculum are basically the same.
There were no sex classes. No friendship classes. No classes on how to navigate a bureaucracy, build an organization, raise money, create a database, buy a house, love a child, spot a scam, talk someone out of suicide, or figure out what was important to me. Not knowing how to do these things is what messes people up in life, not whether they know algebra or can analyze literature.
-William Upski Wimsatt
School doesn’t teach you essential life skills. Let’s fix this glaring gap in your education.
This section is organized into the following chapters:
Acquire worldly wisdom and adjust your behavior accordingly. If your new behavior gives you a little temporary unpopularity with your peer group…then to hell with them.
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Rich G. (2020, May 13). During the 1918 flu pandemic, at-home learning meant little schoolwork. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/school-during-the-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic/2020/05/12/7d606c90-7f32-11ea-9040-68981f488eed_story.html
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