A lot is taught in school. Calculate vehicle and pedestrian speed. Distinguish a multi-drupe from a multi-nutlet. Write the required number of letters “n” in participles. Something comes in handy in life, and something is forgotten immediately after graduation. We are discussing what alternative subjects could be introduced at school to help students become more successful and happier in adult life.
In sex education classes, they tell how the human body changes during puberty. Explain the physiology of sex, different methods of contraception and protection against STDs. They talk about love, partnership, mutual agreement and respect.
The benefits of sex education lessons do not need to be invented. It is enough to look at the experience of countries in which sex education is already included in the program. For example, Sweden, UK, USA and France. Adolescents who have completed sex education are later sexually active and are less likely to experience teen pregnancies. Sexual education reduces the prevalence of STDs, including HIV. It helps to better monitor your health and discuss intimate topics without hesitation.
According to a 2020 poll, almost 75% of Russians supported the introduction of sex education classes in schools. Russia and Turkmenistan are the only CIS countries where sexual literacy is still not taught in schools.
Everyday financial literacy teaches you to consciously handle money. Plan a budget and live within your means. Save, invest and achieve financial goals. Avoid unsafe financial schemes such as pyramid schemes and microloans.
A 2022 review of research found that a financial literacy course helps people make smarter financial decisions and use what they earn more effectively. As a result, they manage to save money and live better.
American activists are fighting to ensure that financial literacy is taught in school and at home. In Russia, elements of financial literacy will begin to be taught in schools from September 2022. True, we are not yet talking about the introduction of a separate subject. Fundamentals of financial management should become part of the programs in mathematics, the world around us, social studies and geography.
Development of emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and control emotions. American psychologist, author of the book “Emotional Intelligence” Daniel Goleman identified five key components of emotional intelligence:
self-awareness – the ability to understand one’s emotions;
self-regulation – the ability to keep emotions under control;
motivation – the ability to motivate oneself to the necessary actions;
empathy – understanding the feelings of others;
communication skills – the ability to communicate, resolve conflicts and motivate others.
According to Forbes, developed emotional intelligence determines career success in more than half of the cases. This is true for any profession, but it is especially true for leaders.
Developed emotional intelligence affects not only career success, but also the strength of relationships. A 2014 study found that empathy and communication skills increase marital satisfaction better than financial well-being.
Mindfulness is the practice of awareness, the ability to be here and now, to focus on the present. This is not easy to do because the human brain is often on autopilot . He analyzes the past, worries about the future, and ignores the present.
The idea of mindfulness is to learn how to manage attention and be in the moment. To do this, use different practices of awareness. It can be not only traditional yoga and meditation. You can consciously walk, eat, draw, and even wash dishes.
Researchers believe that mindfulness practices slow down the aging process of the brain, help fight anxiety and depressive disorders, and can reduce pain and insomnia. And in general, they improve mood and make life fuller and more enjoyable.
Critical thinking is the ability to think flexibly and rationally. Do not succumb to manipulation, avoid stereotypes and do not jump to conclusions.
In 2002, American researchers identified four key skills that will be needed in the 21st century. They felt that schools should teach creativity, communication skills, teamwork and critical thinking.
The author of the book Anatomy of Delusions, Nikita Nepryakhin, believes that critical thinking is a household skill that people need in everyday life. It helps to navigate the flow of information, analyze the surrounding facts, draw rational conclusions and act on them. Critical thinking can protect against, for example, unfair advertising and propaganda. It helps to listen to facts, not opinions. Be critical not only of others, but also of yourself. And change your view of the problem if the data has changed. Accordingly, to be a more flexible person and easier to adapt to a changing world.