What Should Schools Teach? 10 suggestions by @RichardJARogers

I often like to listen to my favourite YouTubers in the early morning. For me it’s wake up, go for a run, then shower with my iPhone blasting out some stimulating interviews, lectures or discussions.

At one point this week I was listening to an excellent and thoroughly interesting interview with the renowned David Icke in which he made a statement that really got me thinking: “I hear of a lot of debate about HOW children should be taught, but very little about WHAT they should be taught”.

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As a teacher, I think this is a very important issue and I’d like to offer David a considered response.

10 Things I Wish I Was Taught at School

I’m one of those few people who can actually say that I use the stuff I was taught in school on daily basis in my job. I’m a Science Teacher: so naturally, I’m teaching my students almost the same things I was taught at school.

However, there are a lot of things I had to work out by myself when I left school. Was ‘personal experience’ the best way to learn these things?

I don’t think so.

Many years of hardship and pain could have been avoided had (much) greater emphasis being placed on these ten things whilst I was at school:

(Article illustrations by Pop Sutthiya Lertyongphati )

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#1 How to manage money

#2 How to manage emotions (especially worrying)

#3: The importance of a healthy lifestyle

#4 To question everything

#5: To respect other peoples’ rights to an opinion

#6 To value creative arts

#7 To respect the natural environment

#8 Public speaking

#9 Manners and etiquette

#10: How to teach themselves

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About Richard Rogers 45 Articles
Richard James Rogers received both his bachelor's degree and his PGCE from Bangor University (Wales, UK). This was an excellent foundation for the steep learning curve that would follow as he pursued his career as a teacher of Science and Mathematics at UK state schools, and afterwards at elite international schools in Asia. His 11 years of full time teaching experience have seen him instruct IGCSE German, KS3 and 4 Science and Mathematics and three subjects at 'advanced level': Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He also went on to lead a team of students to win the Thailand Tournament of Minds Championship in 2012 and has been an active educational blogger, columnist and online pedagogical content editor since 2010. His debut book: 'The Quick Guide to Classroom Management: 45 Secrets That All High School Teachers Need to Know', was rated 9.5 out of 10 in a recent UKEdChat book review, and offers an overview of what, in his experience and research, works best when it comes to engaging your learners and being happy in your job as a high school teacher.

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