What School Should Have Taught You


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By the author of The Faithful Prepper and  The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications.

What school should have taught you is a lot different than what it actually does. And real life is a lot different than what they teach you to be prepared for in high school. And I suppose when I say ‘what they teach you in high school,’ I mean the collection of stuff that it’s very difficult and rare to incorporate into your day-to-day life.

At least in my case, I left high school having taken a lot of calculus tests but then going out to live on my own and trying to figure out how the heck I was supposed to find an apartment, what some of the very basics of insurance were, and trying to learn everything else that is typically associated with “real life” as quickly as possible. Granted, I’ve used geometry a few times, but calculus has remained on the shelf.

While my chemistry class did teach me how to sleep in a sitting position, which has been helpful at the occasional wedding (you get away with it if you bring a nice gift), I found that this skill doesn’t really help one to put bread on the table. And the bits and pieces I gleaned about the proper way to balance a chemical formula? Well, they didn’t really help me out much.

The high schooler complaint – “We’re never going to use this!” – is largely correct.

I have since learned that I should really go back and give my English teacher a thank you, but the great bulk of what I learned was, in fact, rather pointless.

How on earth was it that I had spent years in high school – a place I guess I had always assumed would teach me what it was that I needed to know – and then left to discover that I really didn’t know anything of practical value? I mean, I wasn’t a completely helpless case, but most of everything that I really needed to know I learned from my mom and dad.

I suppose that’s largely the way it’s supposed to be, but shouldn’t high school be worth some value?

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I was pretty frustrated with the entire experience after the fact.

I never let it make me bitter or anything like that, but I did flounder my way through those first few years keeping a mental list of all the things that I wished I had known at the very beginning. As the years went by, I met a lot of other people who were going through the same thing. They had their diploma in their hands, but it didn’t take them long to discover that they felt like they’d been tossed into the deep end of the pool without knowing how to swim.

Sometimes, I think that the reason we go through some things is so that we can help other people through the same thing at a later date. That may not be the reason for everything you go through, but at least it could play a part in some of it. It was because of this that I wrote What School Should Have Taught You: 75 Skills You’ll Actually Use in Life. which we’ve released in paperback format.

This book is a collection of tips written from a big brother perspective for anybody who finds themselves struggling to make sense of a lot of the questions they’re facing in the world around them. Some of the topics covered include compounding interest, how to shop for a car, what a credit score is, how to make small talk without being awkward, how to vote, how to write a resume, how to look at continuing your education, and more. I strove to focus on the basics of what it is you need to know to make it out there.

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If you like big books and cannot lie, you may like What School Should Have Taught You.

I always try to write longer books when I get behind the keyboard (Zombie Choices: An Interactive Story came pretty dang close to reaching the 500-page mark), so What School Should Have Taught You comes in at 284 pages long. I tried to pack as much value between the binding as possible so your reader walks away with not just a book in their hands, but a reference as well.

It may serve as the perfect gift to give your high school graduate, high school senior, or college student as they begin the great journey of making their own way out there in the world. So, check it out. You can find it on Amazon right now for $15.95, making it an affordable gift for your loved one. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I hope that it will be both beneficial and a blessing to the rookie you have in your life.

About Aden

Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, The Faithful Prepper The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices.

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