Should Schools Include Electives That Teach Life-Skills?

By Natasha Flore, reporter

Outside of school, hundreds of students every day participate in activities such as cooking, sewing, baking, crocheting, and more in their free time. These hobbies can be quite enjoyable depending on a person’s interests and passions, and even possibly feed into a future, beneficial career. These common pastimes can be especially entertaining when done with friends and family.

While hobbies may seem like nothing but something to waste time with, many hobbies are arguably essential to maintaining a proper lifestyle; one such example is cooking, as food is crucial to everyone. Knowing how to fix a hole or sew a button back onto pieces of clothing is also extremely useful and can save a person from having to replace the item unnecessarily. Other hobbies can lead to successful careers from woodworking to baking.

Despite the several benefits of knowing how to perform ‘life-skill’ hobbies at a young age, various students are still unsure of how to participate in them.

Junior Sophia Arejola says, “I know a lot of people who eat things like ramen 24/7 as a result of not knowing how to cook, like me. I know nothing about money, finances, mortgages, even laundry- but if school offered any of those as classes, I’d take it.”

Although school is meant to teach kids skills needed later in life, it doesn’t teach basic life skills that are critical to living alone. The point of school is to prepare and develop students for the real world, but what is the point of education if most of what is taught isn’t used anyways?

The major concern for adding electives that center around life skills is that it would take away from core classes such as English, history, and so on.

Freshman Judith Garcia believes differently, however, as she says, “If they’re going to teach classes like math and science that are barely useful in the real world then they should be able to show the things that’ll help us when we’re actually living on our own. It’d be beneficial to those who don’t have access to learning these skills at home as well.”

Adding electives that feature certain hobbies into the high school curriculum would be beneficial to all, though it’s unlikely the classes will ever become required in the near future. Making these electives at least available as an option to students interested in learning these types of skills would make high school more advantageous than ever before.

Many basic hobbies such as cooking and sewing are essential to everyday life, so why aren’t these skills observed in schools?

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