We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our high school teaches these things in the required Economics course. The seniors all get a day pretending to be an adult...assigned a job, a family, an income and bills. It's actually something the kids look forward to.
They also get to create a fake business and need to do market research, decide how much to charge and how much to pay workers, etc.
Actually, those things don't sound like they should be taught in high school. I was taught how to fix $h!t by my Dad. My Mom taught me how to mend clothing, and (along with the Boy Scouts) how to cook.
I taught my kids to have at least 4 months income in the bank. Then start investing. All 3 of my 20 somethings have done exactly that. Very liberating for them. My oldest just told me she's looking for a new job in the Trump admin and doesn't care if her employer finds out because she has a financial buffer.
What is wrong with public education is that supposedly educated people keep calling the instruction, schooling, provide by the system education.
Usage: Education, properly a drawing forth, implies not so
much the communication of knowledge as the discipline
of the intellect, the establishment of the principles,
and the regulation of the heart. Instruction is that
part of education which furnishes the mind with
knowledge. Teaching is the same, being simply more
familiar. It is also applied to practice; as, teaching
to speak a language; teaching a dog to do tricks.
Training is a department of education in which the
chief element is exercise or practice for the purpose
of imparting facility in any physical or mental
operation. Breeding commonly relates to the manners
and outward conduct.
School emphasizes the teaching of facts and such.
[G]etting educated is getting an inkling of the immensity of our ignorance.
---Karl Popper (1969)
For learning how to do practical things, Youtube is your daddy now. You can learn most things, but it isn't hand fed so "school helplessness" will inhibit learning just as in that complex labeled a school down the road.
One advantage of Youtube is there are a variety of teachers so you can find one you click with. They are always available so learning "just in time" and at your schedule is enhanced. And you aren't subject to random risks, like being orphaned, or the limited knowledge of your genetic, social, regional or even national group.
Kahn Academy and Hillsdale College are on-line as well as other great schools. If you can access a computer and are curious, there is no excuse for not asking good questions. Good questions >>>> good solutions.
I agree, youtube is awesome lots of talented people and worthy videos in amongst the chaff. Many years ago one of the wives clubs sponsored a lesson on making Mexican Tamales. Two of the wives were born in Mexico and were showing the traditional method. I begged my way into the class. I love cooking and A few years back I found a series of videos on youtube where a Mexican grandmother (speaking Spanish) was cooking traditional Mexican dishes. Her grand daughter was interpreting and taking the video. I learned a lot from watching and then trying to follow the recipie. I still have to tone down the heat on these dishes but thank you yourtube my enchiladas no longer taste like a Taco Bell serving.