High school is supposed to prepare you for real life, but sometimes it falls short. If you're looking for essentials to teach your kids (or learn as an adult), here are one Stanford dean's suggestions. Photo by Léo Parpais.
As former Stanford dean and author Julie Lythcott-Haims suggests, by the time a person is 18 years old, they should have a few basic skills to help them navigate life. Including, but not necessarily limited to:
- Be able to talk to strangers.
- Find their way around town, campuses and so on.
- Manage assignments, workloads and deadlines.
- Contribute to the running of a household.
- Handle interpersonal problems.
- Cope with ups and downs.
- Be able to earn and manage money.
- Be able to take risks.
Many of these skills aren't taught in schools. In fact, some are actively discouraged. What school wants teenagers taking risks? Some adults may go their whole lives without learning them. However, when you become an adult and have to handle your own problems, these skills are invaluable. You can read about these skills in more details on Quora below.