- How to do taxes
- What taxes are
- How to vote
- What political parties are
- How to write a resume/cover letter/anything related to getting a job
- How to write a check/balance a check book
- Anything to do with banking
- How to do loans for college
- How to jump start a car or other basic emergency things
- How to buy a car or house
In defense of my Kentucky education, we learned to write/balance checks, bake, figure compound/simple interest and some basics of the political parties. We also had the option of learning how to weld, some agriculture stuff, electrical work, nursing and woodworking. Most of the students in my high school were NOT college-bound, and not likely to be homeowners. Probably not even voters. A lot of them probably DON’T have bank accounts.
Do I still think it’s absolutely ridiculous that people don’t learn this stuff? Oh, absolutely. I think that every student should learn basic banking/finances (including taxes and budgeting), basic citizenship, how to get a job and basic housekeeping (including sewing, washing dishes, food safety, cooking, cleaning and caring for babies.)
A lot of people argue that kids should learn this shit from their parents. And that’s true. But where I grew up, their parents don’t know this shit. Their grandparents didn’t know this shit.