Important Skills Your Child Should Be Learning in School, but Isn’t

Is it fair to say that educators are failing in their supposed primary function?

In a recent Washington Post article, author Sarah Hamaker described how many young adults no longer know how to do simple, basic skills:

Colleges and employers alike are reporting that young people can’t do life’s most basic tasks. With all of our emphasis on academics and what it takes to get into college, essential life skills such as how to do laundry, balance a checking account, or cook a meal, have been overlooked.

Hamaker goes on to give several recommendations about the types of basic skills that parents should teach at certain stages of their child’s life:
skills such as reading labels, using kitchen utensils, fending for himself, and taking care of others.

If young people today are growing up without basic skills, is it fair to say that educators are failing in their supposed primary function?But as I looked through the list of skills for each age group, I noticed that teaching one’s child social skills were a recurring theme. For example, Hamaker recommended that elementary-age children be taught to “carry on a polite conversation,” middle school children be taught to “listen attentively” and “show interest by asking questions,” and high school children be taught how to successfully navigate a job interview.

What I found funny, however, is that Ms. Hamaker placed such a high emphasis on parents teaching their children social skills. The reason I found this amusing is that, for many years, conventional wisdom has argued that children should be sent to school – away from their parents and families – in order to “be socialized” so that they might better function in society.

If young people today are growing up without basic skills, one of which is proper knowledge of how to handle oneself in society, is it fair to say that educators are failing in an area long considered to be a primary function? Is the American society beginning to realize that parents, and not education experts, are truly the best teachers a child can have?

Republished from Intellectual Takeout

Annie Holmquist


Annie Holmquist

Annie is a research associate with Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she writes for the blog, conducts a variety of research for the organization’s websites and social media pages, and assists with development projects. She particularly loves digging into the historical aspects of America’s educational structure.

 

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Parents Have Been Demoted to Deputy School Teachers

In loco parentis, parents act in loco scholis!

I was giving a talk at Florida Gulf Coast University the other night near Fort Myers when I noticed a flyer on the door of the lecture hall. The sign (I wish I had gotten a picture now) read: “PARENT FREE ZONE.”

Rather than schools acting in loco parentis, parents act in loco scholis (in place of the school at home), tasked with enforcing the dictates of the school.

I chuckled at first, thinking it was more of a tongue-in-cheek joke to new freshmen who were used to having their parents around. Then my stomach sank when I had the realization that it probably wasn’t a joke.

Chances are that this sign had to be put up — not because the instructors in the classroom wanted to make a joke but because they had been harassed by parents who find it necessary to involve themselves in the academic lives of their adult children.

Why Americans are Getting Dumber and How to Fix It

They were being taught in the 11th grade what I had been taught in the 9th grade

Recently I learned that long time economist Thomas Sowell is retiring from his position as a syndicated columnist. Curious, I flipped through an archive of his many columns and stumbled on one entitled Education: Then and Now, written in early 2006.

One paragraph in particular caught my eye. Like many of the older generation, Sowell notes that the education he received in the New York Public School system of the 1940s was stellar and well-rounded, a far cry from that experienced by children enrolled in the New York Public Schools of the late twentieth century:

Celebrated Teacher Explains Why Schools Don’t Produce Well-Educated Minds

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In recent years, a number of Americans have been awakening to the realization that today’s children are not receiving a high-quality education. The nation’s test scores in everything from reading to science are evidence of that.

But while many Americans now recognize what a good education is not, many are unsure exactly what it is.

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Law professors pen open letter denouncing Title IX overreach

Photo by: Elise Amendola Alyssa Leader, a recent Harvard graduate, listens while flanked by her attorneys Alex Zalkin, left, and Irwin Zalkin at a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass., about the filing of a Title IX civil lawsuit on her behalf alleging the university failed to adequately protect her and investigate complaints of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation. Leader says she was sexually assaulted between March 2013 and March 2014 on campus while she was a student at Harvard. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Alyssa Leader, a recent Harvard graduate, listens while flanked by her attorneys Alex Zalkin, left, and Irwin Zalkin at a news conference, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass., about the filing of a Title IX civil lawsuit on her behalf alleging the university failed to adequately protect her and investigate complaints of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation. Leader says she was sexually assaulted between March 2013 and March 2014 on campus while she was a student at Harvard. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

A group of 21 law professors issued a public letter Monday protesting the U.S. Department of Education’s expanded interpretation of Title IX, which they said is chilling campus free speech and curtailing student due-process rights. The letter takes issue with a set of regulations unilaterally imposed by the agency’s Office of Civil Rights, mandating how colleges…

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The Seismic Shift of Our Lifetime

Lawsuits and criminal trials will proliferate against Christians

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Our Freedoms are Under Attack Big Time

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Lawsuits and criminal trials will proliferate against Christian pastors, Christian accountants, Christian landlords, and Christian schools. Christian employees will no doubt lose their jobs. Christian chaplains and Christian armed forces personnel are highly vulnerable now.

Leaving Our First Principles

Where are the next generation of leaders taking us?

What Road Are We On?

Where oh where is this nation going? I am sure all of you have asked that question, especially with the last two Supreme Court opinions. I bet we all have been given the answer to this question by our grandparents. Does “…going to hell in a hand basket” echo in your memory banks? While we may have rolled our eyes and chuckled back then, it’s not so funny, now is it?

Free Market Education Is Not What Charter Schools Offer

School Choice or Smoke and Mirrors?

Many people see charter schools as the answer to many of the ills our public school system faces.  They’ve been promoted and upheld as filling the need for parental choice in education.

Before I begin, I feel the need to give you a little of my background regarding charters. In the recent past, I was not just a charter advocate, I was a serious charter cheerleader (minus the short skirt and pom-poms). In fact, back in 2004 I was a founding parent for a charter school in Meridian, ID, and sent my children to two other charters for years – one virtual, the other brick and mortar. My children had some wonderful teachers and experiences at both and I felt I was really taking part in and supporting parental choice which I so adamantly defended.


Fast forward a few years. I’d been researching Common Core for a few months, really digging in to try to understand the education system. As I studied I went from cheerleader, to disillusioned, to down right angry. I’d been duped.

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The Paideia of Athens Or The Paideia Of The Lord

Does Scripture ever tell us to secularize our children?

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline1  and instruction of the Lord.2

Often this verse is looked at as Paul’s instruction to fathers in regard to how they should treat their children. I have no disagreement with that view. What most seem to miss, however, is that he is also providing instruction in how, or to be specific, what to teach their children.

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Paideia. the whole training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose now commands and admonitions, now reproof and punishment.
  2. Eph 6:4 (ESV) or “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (KJV).