What you WISH you learned in high school

Mary Katharine Ham and Elisha Krauss team up for a trip down memory lane—academia style. What are the lessons they’re glad they got in school… and which they wish they had.

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    I wished I learned High School stuff in High School. I never lived in the present. If they where teaching chapter 5 in a text, I was reading chapter 12.

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  2. Stad Coolidge

    I am so glad you mentioned Dave Ramsey.  My wife and I give his book Financial Peace as a graduation present to all our friends’ kids.

    I wished high school had a “practical life” course: balancing a checkbook, developing a budget, getting a car loan, writing a resume, etc.

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  3. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher

    One, I took an Econ course in high school which was actually pretty big on things like investing and personal finances. Not much of it stuck. 

    Two, I have used calculus since High School and often for the sheer fun of it. Yeah, I recognize that this makes me the odd one out.

    I inflicted this discussion on the PIT a while back. Since Calvin’s homework doesn’t specify the angle between the two points you can actually come up with a valid solution for every point between 0 and 360 degrees. Used things that I didn’t actually learn in high school trig and calc because I was a bad student.

    Statistics… I’m going to be honest; having studied statistics and having worked in a job requiring statistics I don’t know how much of it is really necessary and how much you can get with a pinch of common sense. 

    Learning to code; I don’t think it’s a ticket to success the way it was even twenty years ago. You don’t need HTML to build a website; you can just go through wix or squarespace or something like that. Not that it’s a bad skill or something that’s only there to pump up your resume, but learning to code now leaves you in a much different environment than, say, twenty years ago when I was in high school.

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