'Adulting' is hard. UC Berkeley has a class for that

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  1. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

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    From Los Angeles Times:

    'Adulting' is hard. UC Berkeley has a class for that
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  2. MysteryMan

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    In other words, "Life Coping Skills", something Mom and Dad and the public school system should have taught them long before they went to college.
     
  3. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

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    Sigh.... it's a sad state of affairs that we have to note classes like these nowadays. Some of these should have been taught by the parents already, but then again, this 50 year old looks in the mirror and faces challenges calling himself an adult. Doesn't that involve drinking alcohol? I don't do that and end up being a permanent designated driver. I still like animation. Gaming? Still play video games (although I put that on a shelf for several years while I pursued a degree), and rarely head to the casino. But, then again, I'm now a homeowner (along with the bank) and am mostly debt free. But then again, isn't part of adulting the fine art of saying "no" and making the hard choice between what you want to do and what you have to do?

    But then again, I'm one of those folks who says, with tongue planted in their cheek, that shop class should be for the girls, and home economics should be for the guys as a symbolic traditional gender roles reversal. Those are practical skills that are needed in real life, plus the mechanical stuff is incredibly useful, especially since I'm a former machinist turned technician turned managerial wannabe.
     
  4. Rich

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    I do see a lot of this being taught in our public schools. The curriculum has certainly changed from what I saw in the sixth grade (Sadie is in that grade, only way I'd know). BTW, I think the "change" is a major upgrade compared to what I got in school. Kids today are getting exposed to courses we only saw in high school. Don't want to get into the mind set that the kids today aren't getting the education we got. It seems to be a lot better.

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  5. SamC

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    First lesson should be to not major in a useless subject like English Lit.
     
  6. glrush

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    I got a great life skill course when I was 18. It was called the United States Navy, specifically the Submarine Service.
     
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  7. Rich

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    Same here...destroyers. Always thought it should be mandatory.

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  8. Nick

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    I've been "adulting" since I left home at 14 and enlisted at 17. You can't teach common sense -- you either have it or you don't! [Contemporaneous Example: Don't walk into the crater of an active volcano.]
     
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  9. Rich

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    Truth!

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  10. phrelin

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    In this era of folks talking only to "devices" while fixated on typing curt notes to each other, maybe they need more training in "conflict resolution and making friends."
     
  11. Rich

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    Just from observing my son and his daughter I'd have to say they seem to get into "conflicts" a lot less than I did. And they handle that with politeness when it does happen. Don't see any problems with them making friends. My son still hangs out with his high school friends. Sounds like everything is rosy, huh? My son spends way too much time on his computer playing games with those high school friends and Sadie spends far too much time watching YT videos (but she is, at least, learning). Yeah, they are fixated on their screens. Nothing I can do about it, I gave up a couple years ago.

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