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I agree with Louise on sex education: after a year of it in 5th
grade and another year at Willard, sex education again at BHS is more a
target for jokes than a way to get them some useful info. I really like
Louise's idea of instead teaching personal finance for the "Social
Living" requirement and would like to also suggest a quick week or 2 of
"Survival Cooking" and maybe "Survival Housekeeping". I know we should
all be teaching these things at home (that goes for finance and sex too)
but in just a couple of years our children will be expected to feed,
clothe, and house themselves, and I am not so sure they have the basic
For example, how many students graduating from high school recognize the value of buying a home? How many know how to finance a home, and what the tax benefits are? My parents were always renters, and I was 32 years old and training to become a real estate agent before I found out why it's a good idea to aim toward home ownership!
There should be a course, "Life 101", to teach these essentials.
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