Fandango’s Provocative Question #104

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Today’s provocative question is about formal education. We all have our opinions on how best to educate and prepare our children to succeed in today’s highly complex world. So this begs the question:

What do you think is the one subject (or thing) that should be taught in school that isn’t?

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25 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #104

  1. James Pyles January 13, 2021 / 5:11 am

    Probably some kind of Home Ed like when I was in high school, except both boys and girls should have to take it. These kids should graduate with a basic understanding of how to cook a meal, how to manage a household budget, how to change a tire, and so on.

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    • Marleen January 13, 2021 / 9:25 am

      When my son who lives in New Zealand was here for about a year, he was using my car to go to work. The air conditioning broke down, and my son was talking about getting it fixed. His dad told him he should go out and look at it himself and see how to fix it. My son said he didn’t know anything about cars that way. His dad said, almost accusatorially, “Why not?”

      “Well, who taught you about cars?” asked my son.

      “My dad!” my son’s dad said, proudly.

      “Who do you think taught your son?” I asked, nodding toward our son.

      “I don’t know.”

      And people complain about millennials.

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    • Fandango January 13, 2021 / 1:04 pm

      Yep, practical life skills rather than teaching how to pass a standardized achievements test.

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  2. Marleen January 13, 2021 / 11:51 am

    I, myself, have taught my children about real estate (as well as credit, daily management of money, cooking, laundry, etcetera).

    I think this is worth sharing.

    https://www.dailydot.com/debug/eric-trump-biden-house/

    Eric Trump tried to own Biden by posting a photo …it backfired

    “The salary of a U.S. Senator is $174,000 per year,” Eric tweeted. “This is Joe Biden’s house…. seems legit.”

    But is the home actually Biden’s? No.

    … estate was owned by Biden previously, however, when he purchased it all the way back in 1974.

    Biden, who at the time was a U.S. Senator, bought the home for $185,000. The price was low, even for the time, due to the home being abandoned and desperately in need of renovations.

    The home was slowly repaired and Biden lived in the residence up until 1996 when he finally sold the property for $1.2 million.

    ….

    The deceptive tweet was ultimately ridiculed by Twitter users, although Eric has seemingly declined to remove it or correct the record.

    Users also took the opportunity to criticize the president for his homes.

    “This is the home of someone who paid $750 in federal taxes,” @KateSmithAZ said. “Seems legit.”

    ….

    Others poked fun at the president’s history of failed real estate ventures.

    Eric can’t understand how a real estate transaction can make money,” @davidgura said. “Not his strength.”

    …..

    As noted by Town and Country, Biden has had a long history with real estate and purchased homes “outside his budget—in his twenties, taking out multiple mortgages and receiving loans against life insurance policies.”

    End of article

    {I keep hearing, in the news, that schools aren’t teaching civics right now. It doesn’t make sense to me if they don’t teach that. So, that’s my answer: civics. There have been additional good answers (from others today), too.}

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    • Fandango January 13, 2021 / 10:05 pm

      I loved your post. You made very good points about history and grammar. I would have commented directly on your post but there’s a bug on the WordPress iOS app that makes it so I can’t like or comment directly on some bloggers’ posts.

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