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  1. I would say that nutrition/hygiene should also include: How to tell if your food hates you.
    There should also be a module on how to read your body and what warning signs need to be watched/brought to a doctor.
    How to talk to your health professional/specialist
    When to walk away from a health professional and when to run and find someone new.

  2. Very good point – and a lot of people with intolerances as opposed to allergies don’t realise that this can change – kids who overreact to something may be perfectly fine with it 6 months later or conversely you can develop intolerances/allergies as you get older (common with lactose).

  3. Heidi

    Hi Kersti,

    Two things I might add would be basic human hygiene along with food hygiene, and knowledge of what public libraries have and what staff there can find for people.

  4. Maureen

    I’m old-fashioned, when it comes to education, and unashamedly so: so many of the skills you have mentioned, to my mind, should be absorbed at home – cooking, sewing, etc.History is as necessary as basic mathematics because you have to understand what has gone before, and you need to be able to put your own life into perspective. I realise the days of chalk and talk are long gone, but seeing how much time is wasted on “touchy-feely” assignments and subjects at my grandchildren’s schools makes me see red. My eldest granddaughter, this year has taken up a hard-won place in a State Academy here in Brisbane which offers the IB, and although she is not “quite” getting the pure, classical education I would have chosen for her – and which is still available in selected grammar schools – the standard of learning, and the philosophy behind the teaching is affirming to me, and to her.
    Oh dear, you should not have written something which triggered such a passionate response!
    Choose wisely when it comes to educating your own child.

  5. Maureen

    ….and a necessary PS: perhaps if the study of grammar hadn’t been abandoned all those years ago, we would have been spared the universal proliferation of the greengrocer’s apostrophe………. but I won’t continue.

  6. Ahh Maureen, that’s the problem – a lot of these skills have been dropped by schools with the idea that they would be taught at home, but with so many kids living with one or two parents that have to work so long in order to pay stupid levels of mortgage and a lot of those parents without these skills themselves, we’ve now a generation who simply do not have a hope of learning these things. I think we need to acknowledge that the learn the skills at home experiment has largely failed and look at what we honestly expect our kids to derive out of an education.

    It also extends to universities – I remember when I was a kid that you’d see adverts for positions that required year 10 or year 12 as a qualification. Most of those jobs now require a degree – and most of the kids in university aren’t interested in a classic university education, they just want their piece of paper so that they can move on and get that job. BY the time I got to uni every student had to do an English test as the quality of what was coming out of high school was so poor!

  7. Maureen

    Oh I see – yes, I suppose society,and demographics have altered. When my youngest son – the one who is sick and has just become a father for the first time – was at school, all the boys had to do a semester of Home Economics, and the girls all did woodwork and metalwork – the idea being that they would know how to put up shelves in their first homes, and to have alternatives to two-minute noodles
    My son took his lessons well on board, and with a little help from his friends and his father, is currently renovationg the space underneath his house.
    His stint in the Army Reserve taught him how to sew on a button, and how to iron with great precision.

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