When I was a kid, I remember constantly fantasizing about being all grown up. I wanted to own a house and have a car and maybe even get married. Now when I was a kid I thought all of this happened at 18. What an idiot I was.
Now, I did end up with a house comparatively young because of weird reasons but it worked out fine. Here is the thing they never tell you, having a house is sometimes the absolute worst. I love my house, don't get me wrong. It is fancy and lovely and I think if I could have someone around to constantly keep it clean it might actually be pretty. The thing they don't warn you about is that you have to maintain so much stuff and also everything breaks.
Yesterday we woke up with no water. We didn't know if it was because of this awful cold snap thats happening, or what. Somehow we (Dave) got the pump working again but then when I woke up this morning, it did it all over again. I don't want to wake him up so I googled. I am so bad at googling it is just embarrassing. However, I got some of the water to work? I don't know how, as all I did was take the lid off a thing and then screw it back in. Effective.
Why doesn't high school prepare you for real life issues? Sorry grade ten math but I have never once needed the pythagorean theorem but it would have been nice to know how to know which breaker controls what.
Here is my proposed syllabus for the educational system. You can still teach all that other garbage, but maybe offer a real life problems class that would actually help people survive in life.
Real Life Class - Syllabus
In this class you will be taught how to apply real life solutions to situations you will actually encounter once you become an adult and don't have your parents in your house to help you.
The mark for this class is based off a year long project that requires each student to manage a fake household. Each student will pick an entry level career, all of which have a salary amount for them to use for their budget. Students will have to interview for positions, and if they don't get the job they want they must continue to interview for other positions until they get one. Careers with education requirements will have amounts designated for student loans that the student will have to factor into the budget. Students will decide on various things to own such as a residence, car, etc and budget accordingly for what they need. Students will be graded on their ability to create and manage a budget, while they handle situations and emergencies that would typically arise in life such as broken appliances, leaking pipes, unplanned pregnancy, sick animal, illness, and other scenarios. Emergencies will be randomly assigned to each household as the year progresses, and the students must create a plan to manage it.
That class would be so hard but you would be a better adult if you had had taken it. Looking back at it, it is a lot like the board game Life, only you don't just get to spin a fun wheel and end up with a sweet job by chance.