I do think most of the stuff in this thread is important for people to know. We garden, raise our own livestock, hunt and I cook everything from scratch. I can sew, not well, but I can. My plan for this year is to learn to crochet and can. My dh has tons of friends and they all have some little thing they do really well. Besides that, he can fix almost anything or if not, he knows someone who can and will teach him or do it for trade or cheaply.
|Honestly, on the topic of things they should teach in school, I think it goes beyond just cooking and woodworking and mending, and such. There are modern skills that are vital too. How do rent an apartment, how to balance a checkbook, WHY to balance a checkbook, how to make a resume, how to get a job, how to set up a bank account (not a credit card but a bank account).... Honestly, all except the last two, I don't really know at all, and the second to last, despite having gotten a part time job in high school, now that I'm trying to find a job to support myself, I'm much shakier on. What kind of job am I qualified for? How do I get the seemingly impossible qualifications for the entry level jobs? How does an entry level job lead into something that I could actually stomach doing for most of my life? How do I really get that job, since it seems much harder now than it was then? How do I deal with the monotony of a boring job for years? That is what they need to be teaching in school, more than calculus, organic chemistry and us history.
I guess I don't see why its the school's responsibility? Most adults at some point, know these things and should teach their children. However, we did alot of this in school. I took Home Ec, Economics, etc and learned more about them. My mother thought these kinds of things were very important (as they are) so we learned them from an early age. My dad taught us to hunt very early on and we grew up on a farm/ranch so we learned all about raising animals.
I know the majority of people didn't grow up this way, but I do think parents have some responsibility to teach their kids things and shouldn't let it all fall on the school.