Schools today are under an extreme amount of pressure to get students to improve test scores, follow the Common Core and get those kids on the path to college. Reading, writing and math are crucial skills to have when going out to face the world but what about everyday life skills. Who is teaching these kids to cook a meal, clean up their rooms and do laundry? In 2012, a survey of 934 parents of 18-25 years indicated that college students are lacking in the life skills department. Here are the "highlights":
1. 30% knew how to boil an egg
2. 18% knew how to make toast
3. 23% did not know how to make their bed
4. 35% knew how to pay a bill
5. 35% had never touched a vacuum cleaner!
Of course, more than 50% were able to set up a laptop computer with broadband.
Parents and teachers need to focus on everyday life skills to build responsibility and independence in children. Download the inspiration poster above at http://www.YourTherapySource.com/freelifeskillsposter
Why not try focusing on one life skill per month this school year? Life Skills of the Month at http://yourtherapysource.com/lifeskills.html includes 12 hand outs and posters to encourage practicing life skills throughout the year provided in Word and pdf format.
Reference: Daily Mail. One in three university students 'can't even boil an egg' (but can quite happily set up their computer with broadband). Retreived from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2208795/One-university-students-boil-egg-quite-happily-set-broadband.html on 9/3/2014.