What Should Schools Teach? 10 suggestions by @RichardJARogers

#2 How to manage emotions (especially worrying)

Humans are emotional creatures, and life can test us to the limit at times.

How do you deal with worry? What makes you angry or frustrated? What makes people do silly things sometimes? Lust? The ego?

With the advent of the Mindfulness in Schools Project in 2009, educators began to see how self-observation can be taught to students as a meaningful way to avoid an unconscious reaction.

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Just think of the problems that this philosophy could solve, were it taken seriously and implemented nationwide. A fifteen-minute meditation session per day, for example, could help students become calmer, more focused on lessons and even more willing to embrace self-acceptance, making life more enjoyable.

As for the emotion of worrying….the statistics speak for themselves. According to the Anxiety Association of America:

  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (which equates to around 18.1% of the population every year).
  • Anxiety disorders can be treated easily, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
  • Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.

In my personal opinion, kids need to know this stuff! Yet how many schools offer a rigorous ‘Worry Combat’ curriculum? Almost none.

Yet again, it’s one of the things we kind of have to figure out by ourselves (and many people never figure it out).

Scientists have also found strong links between stress and cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

I think it’s high time that kids were taught about the effects of worry and how to tackle it as part of a national curriculum strategy. Here’s a book I think should be compulsory reading for every school student (click on the book to take you to the Amazon UK page):

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Introduction

#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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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 14 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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