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August 24th, 2003 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Aug. 24th, 2003

04:27 am - Courses I wish were taught in high school

If I could go back in time, and re-design my elementary and high school curriculum, it would be very different. Here's some of the courses I would strongly encourage myself to take, if they were available:

Business Law
Basic Electronics/Electrical Repair
Automotive Maintenance/Repair
Investing and Finance
Critical Thinking (Logic, Propaganda, Influence)
Statistics (how to interpret scientific literature, importance of double blind, controlled trials)
Comparative Religion
How to Start and Operate a Small Business
Basic Woodworking (Build a bookshelf, bunk bed, crate, etc.)
Basic Machining/Welding (Repair rust damage to a vehicle, gunsmithing)
Gun Safety and Marksmanship
Public Speaking
How to Run a Political Campaign
Emergency Survival Skills
Cooking and Food Storage
Emergency Medicine
Product Design
Self-control (how to refrain from self-destructive behavior, such as procrastination, over-eating)
Physiology of Excercise and Nutrition
Evolutionary Psychology
Dating, Mating, and Relationships
Chemistry of Cleaning and Cooking

Some of them I did take, such as Typing, Public Speaking, and Shop, but I wish more of the others had been available. How would you redesign your curriculum?

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