Things I Wish I'd Been Taught In School

Friday, 15 September 2017

Ahh school. Everyone's favourite place. For me, secondary school was just about bearable and I came away with a good set of GCSEs (not blowing my own trumpet or anything). Now I'm in college, things are a little less personal and you only show up for your hourly lecture and that's it. You choose what you learn. There are some really important things that were never taught at school that I think would have been really helpful. Here are 5 of them:

I'm sure a lot of people in school would've disagreed with this because politics is boring but it's such a necessity. It was something briefly mentioned as part of the welsh baccalaureate qualification but that was it. And even then it was mainly zooming in on the leaders, not the actually practicalities. There was nothing about voting or where to get reliable information other than fake news that favoured certain parties. Of course as a girl in year 7 I would've probably hated the whole thing but in year 11, being just 2 years away from the voting age, you'd think there would've been education on it.

I think if you asked a lot of people what they wished they'd been taught in school this would come up. Why was I endlessly taught pythagoras and how to work out simultaneous equations (which I'll sure as heck never need) but know diddly squat about taxes and inflation and all that jazz. It makes no sense to me that you're not taught about it in school when they're essential life lessons. I took business GCSE so we touched on things like loans and overdrafts but not in enough detail. I wish we'd been taught more about saving and budgeting and even finances when it comes to university because that's the stuff I'm going to need in the years to come, not how to find the area of a trapezium.

Now I'm not just talking the odd powerpoint presentation about the effects of drugs or lessons about how bad smoking is. In school there was no mention of anything mental health related which is quite baffling considering the number of teens who are suffering with it. Rates of anxiety and depression in young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years so why on earth is it not addressed in school? There's so much pressure on young people in school and I know first hand it can be the breeding ground of anxiety and panic attacks. Schools should be more informative about it to make people feel more at ease so they know they have somewhere to go to talk, and to make others aware that it's normal and nothing to be judgemental about. Another thing is sex ed. In my 5 years of comprehensive school we had about 4 talks about sex which actually took it's form in being a race between 3 people to see who could put a condom on a polystyrene penis the fastest. I know, weird. But that was it. It was all very vague and blase. Never a priority subject. Another thing I think seriously needs to be introduced is sex ed surrounding LGBTQ+ because there's no mention of it when it's just as important.

In the later years of secondary school I knew quite a few people who had jobs. I really wanted one to be able to pay for things myself but I had no idea where to start. It was so frustrating searching for places with no clue how to go about the whole thing. School never really focused on the process of finding a job at the age of 16 or our rights such as pay and hours. It was only something you touched on if you took business studies. I didn't have a clue how to write a CV either (thank god for my sister) so I wish they'd showed us. Another thing is interviews. I've never actually had a job interview before so I know if I had one tomorrow, I wouldn't have the foggiest how to handle it. Really, school should cover things like interview techniques or how to present yourself and ways to help your confidence. We only had mock interviews before our real ones for college/sixth form but I was completely terrified for them because I didn't know what to expect. It would've been so much better if they prepared us instead of having to find out yourself.


This probably wouldn't apply to everyone because I know not everyone wants to learn how to drive straight away but I still think it would've been good if they'd helped prepare us. I know some places in America have classes revolving around driving and the safety basics so I think that would've been really useful if we had it. I know a lot of people my age who have already passed their tests and are driving (I wish this was me) so it would've been cool if they gave some sort of information about local driving schools and maybe even the theory side of driving to help us for when we do come to learning.

What do you wish you'd learnt about in school? Any on this list?
Liv x


  1. I totally agree with you and your thoughts in this post! So many pointless things were taught when there could have been many beneficial other topics covered!

  2. Ahaha I can totally relate to you on the maths thing! I'm doing economics so I hope that will help a little bit in terms of finances when I go off to uni but you can never really know until you experience xx Nikita

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    1. Definitely, it's such a big deal but there's absolutely no mention of it!!

  3. omg YES. so much freakin' yes in this post! politics, why isn't this something taught properly in schools?! it's gotta be one of the most important things you can know about as a citizen and it's just not something i feel school taught me anything about!

    completely agree with all the points you make about health as ell, we also did the condom on a penis this (but we used a banana - LOL), which i just feel isn't as important as anxiety / depression / mental health education. it's just a little ridiculous.

    katie. xx

    1. It's so ridiculous, just doesn't make any sense. And especially if you can't talk openly with your parents about certain stuff, you'd just have to find it out for yourself. It's such a shame xx

  4. i wish i got taught how to deal with finances, taxes, how i buy a house and which investments are smart. i sometimes feel like basic life skills are not taught in school at all.

    1. Me too, they're such important things to know!!

  5. I wish I had learnt about mortgages at school, it can be such a minefield!

    Danielle xx

    1. Same, I couldn't tell you one thing about mortgaging a house. I wouldn't have a clue!!

  6. I totally agree, there are so many things that are important to know that we weren't taught in school. Especially finances and politics. xx
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