The other night, as I was helping my kids with their homework, I was struck by the number of things that they are learning that will have absolutely no bearing on the rest of their lives. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge proponent of learning, for learning's sake. But some of the stuff is so esoteric it's unbelievable.
At the same time, I think there are a lot of things that are useful for your entire life, no matter what you do, but the education system doesn't really address. And most of these are things everyone wishes they did better.
Here is my list of things I wish I had learned in school:
1. How to remember the names of people I meet. Don't you wish you were better at remembering names?
2. How to do basic math in my head. A lot of really smart people admit to struggling with this.
3. How to speak in front of a group. A nearly universal fear.
4. How to introduce and talk about myself. Will be important in every job interview.
5. How to negotiate. Will be important in every major purchase.
What do you wish you had learned in school?