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Five Classes I Wish They Would Have Taught In School

April 8th, 2008

What an excellent meme. (Or as Jamie says, “me me,” which is so perfect.) Thanks, MommyPie for tagging me me.


Well, I alluded to it below: I’m tired. I’m worried about my stomach lump. I ain’t got much to give today. BUT, this got me thinking and I can’t NOT write about it, so…


…here are the five classes I wish they would have taught in school:


  • What It Really Means to be Married: This class would do away with all preconceived, romanticized notions of marriage. Of course, it would teach that “love is a decision, not a feeling,” and that marriage is work, but it would also share that much of the time, marriage isn’t perfect, isn’t meant to be, and that’s OK. Personally, I think of my marriage as making me a better person because it is so challenging. I’m learning the art of being less selfish every day. I’m the type of person that if something comes easy, I don’t grow. And I want to grow (only in certain places). So in this class, I envision students learning about healthy expectations, personal fulfillment and emotional baggage. With a healthier, more realistic view of marriage, I think more marriages would last (OR it’d become clearer, sooner, WHEN a marriage should end.) And without a doubt, there are some that should.
  • Why You Should Vote: This should be taught in middle school. I want kids to understand that election issues will affect every aspect of their lives. Political policies will impact what type of education they receive, what type of world they will live in, their socioeconomic status, everything, everything. Let’s build that awareness early on and maybe, in the future, we won’t have such an underrepresented youth vote.
  • Be Yourself: The Road to Independent Thinking: Again, a middle school subject. Peer pressure is hard to counter, sure, but let’s get some other messages out there: different is good, different is valuable, different can change the world.
  • You’re Part of Something Larger: Think Global: I don’t care how graphic the photos are, show images of Darfur, Iraq, starving children, kids toting guns, burning villages, chaos. Make people care, make them want to do something about it. Build global consciousness. Fight apathy. Do it as parents, do it as teachers, do it as children of the universe.
  • It’s OK To Not Know: Enjoy the Becoming: There’s beauty in the unfolding. We’re on a path, and we don’t always need to know where the road ends, who we’re going to be when we grow up, where this relationship is going, the secret of life. Just stay on the path. Or wander off of it. It’s OK, I promise it will be OK.

So that’s my deal. Consider yourself tagged if you’ve read this. I’d love to hear what you think.


On April 8th, 2008, mommypie said:

Okay, now THAT just made mine look downright stupid.

As always, PERFECT! Love it :)

On April 8th, 2008, Jamie said:

Is this a meme, or were you the secretary recording notes at last night’s meeting?

Gorgeous thoughts.

On April 8th, 2008, San Diego Momma said:

MP: Yours was hilarious! I’m just feeling non-hilarious today. I loved your responses.

Jamie: Last night definitely sealed the deal on the above!

On April 8th, 2008, Steph said:

I’m so freaking disappointed. I thought I was the only one who called it a me. me.


On April 8th, 2008, matteroffactmommy said:

wow, you knocked one out of the park again! and i will certainly not be participating. how can i even begin to match the awesomeness of this post? (i use ‘awesomeness’ a lot – is it even a word?)

On April 9th, 2008, Da Goddess said:

Can I get back to you on this one? I’m fighting a case of the meanies today. I want to be thoughtful instead of grouchy when I answer.

On April 9th, 2008, Cheri said:

Wow. You are good woman, you are goooooooo-ooood!

On April 10th, 2008, kendra said:

Have to largely agree on these ones. Great job.

On April 10th, 2008, SeaBird said:

Hmmm, this is well-written. I would agree with everything and even add “What it means to be a Mom/Dad” to the first one!

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