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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) ]

Ti's picture

My background - 18 years...

My background - 18 years working with at risk and gang youth, as well as special ed. I know none of these address academics, but I think the academic stuff is covered elsewhere. =)

1) household management/life skills This should include budgeting, cleaning, changing a diaper, buying stock, writing a grocery list from a recipe and a sales circular, basic cooking, how to change your windshield wipers, what the check engine light means, etc. Basically what you need to live on your own.

note - this should not be a blow off math class

2)study skills - i.e how to read a text book, take notes, study for a test, amd prioritize. Many of my students love this, especially if they are helping support a family. The majority of the struggling students I have that give up on the system need help here. After some intensive training more than 15% of my students with this issue stay in school for at least another year. Not perfect, but every year helps.

3)real career planning help - for some it might be best to get vocational training, that is it might keep them in school and from getting in trouble. Most would benefit from real discussion of the options open to them and how to find out about them.




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