发布时间:2019-08-31  栏目:信息公开  评论:0 Comments

Everyone knows that our school system, in general, is not giving our
kids the basic reading, writing, ‘rithmatic and science skills needed to
be competitive in the high-tech workforce of the upcoming generation (at
least, that’s the general assumption, and we won’t argue it here).

英文标题:9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn



But there’s much more to life than those basic subjects, and unless you
have an exceptional teacher who is willing to break out of the mold,
your child isn’t learning the crucial things he or she needs to learn in

Post written by Leo Babauta.



Think about your own experience for a moment. When you got out of high
school, did you know everything you needed in order to survive in life,
let alone succeed? If you were lucky, you knew how to read and had some
basic history and math skills, and if you were even luckier, you had
good study habits that would serve you well in college。



Kids in today’s school system are not being prepared well for tomorrow’s

But were you prepared for life? Most likely not, unless you had parents
who did you that favor. In fact, many of us screwed up our early adult
lives because we didn’t know those skills — and we’re paying the
consequences now。

As someone who went from the corporate world and then the government
world to the ever-changing online world, I know how the world of
yesterday is rapidly becoming irrelevant. I was trained in the newspaper
industry, where we all believed we would be relevant forever — and I now
believe will go the way of the horse and buggy.


Unfortunately, I was educated in a school system that believed the world
in which it existed would remain essentially the same, with minor
changes in fashion. We were trained with a skill set that was based on
what jobs were most in demand in the 1980s, not what might happen in the

That’s a part of life, you might say, learning these lessons. But it’s
also possible to prepare your child a bit before they go out on their
own, and if we can’t get the schools to teach these skills, then let’s
do it ourselves。

And that kinda makes sense, given that no one could really know what
life would be like 20 years from now. Imagine the 1980s, when personal
computers were still fairly young, when faxes were the cutting-edge
communication technology, when the Internet as we now know it was only
the dream of sci-fi writers like William Gibson.


We had no idea what the world had in store for us.

What follows is a basic curriculum in life that a child should know
before reaching adulthood. There will probably be other skills you can
add to this list, but at least it’s a starting point。

And here’s the thing: we still don’t. We never do. We have never been
good at predicting the future, and so raising and educating our kids as
if we have any idea what the future will hold is not the smartest


How then to prepare our kids for a world that is unpredictable, unknown?
By teaching them to adapt, to deal with change, to be prepared for
anything by not preparing them for anything specific.

A note on how to teach these things: These subjects should not be taught
by lectures or textbooks. They can only be taught by setting examples,
by conversation, by showing, and by allowing the child (or teenager) to
do these things on their own (with supervision at first). Once you’ve
talked about the skill, showed your child how to do it, and let them do
it under supervision a few times, give your child the trust to do it on
his own, and to learn from his own mistakes. Check back every now and
then to talk about what he’s learned。

This requires an entirely different approach to child-rearing and
education. It means leaving our old ideas at the door, and reinventing


My drop-dead gorgeous wife Eva (yes, I’m a very lucky man) and I are
among those already doing this. We homeschool our kids — more
accurately, we unschool
them. We are teaching them to learn on their own, without us handing
knowledge down to them and testing them on that knowledge.


It is, admittedly, a wild frontier, and most of us who are experimenting
with unschooling will admit that we don’t have all the answers, that
there is no set of “best practices”. But we also know that we are
learning along with our kids, and that not knowing can be a good thing —
an opportunity to find out, without relying on established methods that
might not be optimal.

I won’t go too far into methods here, as I find them to be less
important than ideas. Once you have some interesting ideas to test, you
can figure out an unlimited amount of methods, and so my dictating
methods would be too restrictive.

Instead, let’s look at a good set of essential skills that I believe
children should learn, that will best prepare them for any world of the
future. I base these on what I have learned in three different
industries, especially the world of online entreprenurship, online
publishing, online living … and more importantly, what I have learned
about learning and working and living in a world that will never stop

1. Asking questions. 提问的能力