Secondary school level is a very crucial stage in the life of any teenager.
It’s a formative period which holds great sway on who students turn out to be in life.
During that period, giving the right environment, exposure and trainings, extraordinary talents and people can be made.
However, realities have proven that a vast majority of us have got one regrets or another. One or more things we wish we had, did or did not, or simply were taught.
Of course! Things we wish we were taught about life, on personal development and career, that unfortunately, we weren’t. May be by virtue of negligence from the school or the class teacher, or as a result of the education system that obtains at the time.
Scooper brings you 4 of the vital things people wish they were taught back in secondary school:
1. Financial Intelligence
Financial intelligence is one critical piece missing in the set of educational deliverables in most Nigerian secondary schools. Many adults spoken to during the course of this piece said they might have made better financial decisions during their university years and afterwards if they had trainings in that area by the time they were in secondary school.
Although economics is a compulsory subject across the three departments in the senior secondary school, it was taught like any other subject and may be, at one point, finance had been mentioned, the goal should not only be about teaching economics or business study or commerce, but more about financial intelligence.
Students should as a matter of necessity understand and digest concepts such as tax, pension, saving and investing money, capital market, treasury bills, inflation, deflation and whatnot.
A proper training in financial intelligence will put students in a position to understand how money works and impact their ability to make wise financial decisions.
FORBES study shows that students who have some personal finance classes under their belts are much more likely to successfully save money, budget wisely and invest smarter.
2. Emotional Intelligence
Nigeria’s education structure puts premium on Intelligent Quotient (IQ) which is the ability to memorize, retrieve items from our memory as well as logical reasoning. The system rarely takes into consideration, several other forms of intelligence.
As pointed out by American developmental psychologist Howard Gardener, there are other 9 kinds of intelligence besides IQ. Some of them are Interpersonal Intelligence, Naturalist Intelligence, and Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence and Musical Intelligence, to mention but four.
Interpersonal Intelligence which basically is being ‘people smart’ is what is meant by Emotional Intelligence.
It is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others. But, students rarely learn this in school.
Without questions, Emotional Intelligence has proven to be a very useful social skill that many adults wish they have acquired while in secondary school.
This skill involves effective verbal and nonverbal communication, the ability to note distinctions among others, sensitivity to the moods and temperaments of others, and the ability to entertain multiple perspectives.
Teachers, social workers, actors, and politicians all exhibit interpersonal intelligence. Young adults with this kind of intelligence are leaders among their peers, are good at communicating, and seem to understand others’ feelings and motives.
Many people also wish they had been trained on how to self-motivate. This skill comes in very handy in the journey to achieving successful and excellent life. People need to be able to stay motivated in the face of obstacles and remain hardworking when nobody is pushing them to.
This can be learned in secondary school. But like I mentioned above, the focus has always been on basic school subjects like Mathematics, Biology, English, literature with very little to no attention given to co-curricular activities that tend to have very rich and robust benefits.
It’s only in very few private schools that counselling is inculcated and taken very seriously as part of a wholesome package to develop their students.
4.Critical Thinking Skills
The ability to think and to think well – to ask questions, to analyze and to reflect, for example – is crucial to all areas of life. Many people also wish they were taught this skill. Most secondary school students were taught to cram and pass exams.
It is indisputable that the ability to identify and solve problems comes in handy in one’s personal and social life as well as on a job.
We hope out education structure is designed to accommodate some of these things so that students can come out of secondary school fully formed and better prepared for what’s to come later in other stages of life.