I stopped in our locally owned bookstore the other day and came across this sign. Of course, I instantly noticed the “anything but math” comment and had to look more closely. There are just so many interesting things about these responses…
For the past 6 weeks, I have been working as a curriculum coach in my district (a new position designed to help support teachers in transitioning to our province’s new curriculum), and we have been talking a lot about what we really want for our kids when they leave school. We want them to be good people, and we want them to have the skills they need to be successful. The content part is less important. I am excited that our curriculum is starting to make this shift as well, and making it easier for teachers and students to focus on what is really important.
I think it’s interesting that pretty much everything (with the exception of “fresh avacado”) falls under interpersonal skills or real-world skills. And of course, it’s also interesting that so many responses are math/money-related. I am happy that financial literacy has been included in the curriculum starting right at Kindergarten.
So, what do you wish you had learned in school?