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Intro: Making Life Skills a High Priority in K-12 Curriculum
The majority of society's problems can be solved by teaching life skills in the K-12 curriculum (ex. delinquency, diseases, disorders, and poor health and performance in general). Doing so will also improve work quality, innovation, invention, and more. The human body is a physical, emotional, and mental machine. Its health and performance sets the foundation for making good decisions and following through with them.
The life skills of diet/nutrition, exercise, sleep, brain exercises (significant), and stress management/resilience are the most fundamental (discussed at length in my book/textbook: Diet and Lifestyle Enhancement Strategies for Becoming Superhuman: Leading-Edge - Comprehensive - Science-Based). Communication skills (ex. forming an argument, debating/discussing, conflict resolution [emphasis on male-female], and relationship skills), how to work with government services, concepts of ethics, present problems facing humanity, and big picture concepts of an individual’s role in society (purpose is a powerful motivator) are very important as well. These life skills build upon the foundation set by the more fundamental ones.
Conception, pregnancy, and parenting are vital life skills when it comes to optimizing the evolution of humanity. By teachings students academic perspectives on these subjects, they are less likely to conceive accidentally and are more likely to raise a child well. Many believe the most significant cause of delinquency, disease, disorder, and poor health and performance in general, are children conceived accidentally by people who are not prepared to raise them well. Remember, studies show that the sooner health and performance enhancement techniques are applied (ex. pre-conception; an example of epigenetics), the more profoundly the child will benefit.
An introduction to these subjects is not enough! They need to be taught progressively throughout elementary and especially high school, which will require parts of the existing curricula to be restructured or removed (lots never gets used in a student's future). Doing so ensures the information is retained on the surface of their psyche, making it more accessible for decisions they make every day. As well, a progressive education allows for the student to learn more about the science behind these skills, which encourages there use. For example, those who know more about the science of healthy diet, exercise, and sleep techniques tend to use them.
The biggest challenge is designing and implementing the new curriculum. I suggest designing a draft curriculum and posting it on the GDD for feedback.
Imagine the hundreds of millions of dollars saved on a national level when the educating of life skills starts preventing things like delinquency, premature parents, and poor decisions in general! Now imagine the hundreds of millions saved and earned as healthier more capable people fill society with a better understanding of themselves, society, and their planet!
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