What kind of life skills do you have and what kind of life skills should our kids be learning?
This morning my husband told me about a series of blog posts he's been reading about "lost knowledge," and it really made me start to think.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if some world-wide event suddenly rendered all technology useless? How would we fare as a nation? I'm not talking about the immediate aftermath of a situation like that, I'm talking the long term.
With technology grinding to a halt, so many of our industries would immediately cease to operate. The internet would be a thing of the past. Communication would slow dramatically. Food and clothing production and distribution would decrease drastically.
So what would we do for food? For clothing?
Do we have the skills that would help us through such a crisis? Or have we become so dependent on technology that we've lost some of the basic skills that would help us survive?
As homeschoolers we have the ability create much of our curriculum for our children, to tailor-make a course of study to meet our children's needs. Maybe we should consider adding in some more of the basic life skills that our great-grandparents grew up learning: how to grow a vegetable garden, hunt, start and maintain a fire, cook, can foods, knit, make soap and candles, sew clothing, and in general how to make things from scratch with their own two hands.
This isn't the typical course of study for most children in America, but maybe it should be. Basic skills like that might be more important in our children's future than knowing how to solve a quadratic equation. Just maybe.
I'm not saying we should neglect the "normal" topics children study today, but are we doing our children a disservice by leaving behind those "old-fashioned" skills of the past?
It's something to think about. What would you consider to be the life skills kids should learn?