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Brian Kim: Teach kids time management

Top 5 Things That Should Be Taught In Every School

I enjoyed reading this list and was especially into number five:

#5: Time Management

Speaking of other skills that can be utilized in any job and career is time management. The majority of students never really learn to value their time and mange it while in school. Procrastination is all too rampant (studying right before class, doing homework and essays the day it’s due, partying the night before the exam). This lack of time management often carries over into adulthood, which becomes a major liability.

Learn to make a to do list. Learn to prioritize. Learn to break things down into 30 minute blocks of time. Learn about actionable items. David Allen’s GTD system is your best friend here along with Dan Kennedy’s No B.S Time Management. Again if you’re unfamiliar with these people, Google is your best friend, but I’m sure the majority of readers will know what I’m talking about.

What would you add to the list of skills you think should be taught in school?

[ via: Anarchaia (3/14/07) ]

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Notice the explicit emphasis on...

Notice the explicit emphasis on "time management" in the original post: "Learn to make a to do list. Learn to prioritize." Many high schools and even elementary schools require all students to have "planners" (often chosen by the school). At best, these schools have rediscovered the Day Timer- long after it has ceased to be a workable tool for most adults. At worst, it allows teachers and administrators to allocate blame: "Of coure Johnny is failing math, he isn't prioritizing correctly." This approach is quite different from the relaxed control David Allen and others advocate. In my opinion as a university professor with over 20 years of experience teaching and advising students, teaching effective life skills is more difficult than teaching any subject, and I am uncomfortable with the one-size-fits-all approach used in many schools today.




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