10 Things You Need for Adult Life but Don’t Learn in School

5. Handling Basic Auto Repairs

Checking your oil is fundamental.
Checking your oil is fundamental.

Basically, the same things about maintaining and repairing a home apply to the maintenance and repair of an automobile. Regular maintenance to a vehicle can save a person quite a bit on repair bills. However, this is another skill that is not taught to very many kids while in school. While the ones who opt to take shop in school may receive a few skills, this is not offered at every institution, which means that many kids simply don’t know what to do when something goes wrong with their vehicle.

Because these individuals don’t know why their vehicle needs maintenance, or what to do when something breaks, they seek the services of a professional mechanic. As a result, the repair bills begin to stack up. The fact is, there are a number of preventative maintenance tasks that can prevent serious issues and help ensure a vehicle continues operating properly.

Some of the skills that kids need to learn in high school or in college (that are not taught) include how to change the oil in a vehicle, checking the air pressure in the tires, and knowing what different fluids look like in case there is a leak in the vehicle. All of these skills ensure that a person can keep their vehicle working efficiently.

4. Manners

If you don't have basic manners, get out of the human race.
If you don’t have basic manners, get out of the human race.

“Yes ma’am,” “no thank you,” simply holding the door open for someone – these are all lost manners that the younger generation either doesn’t know or just simply chooses not to use. The fact is, manners are an indispensable component of civilized society. Using manners properly helps to make great impressions with new acquaintances, bosses, teachers, friends, the in-laws, significant others, and family members.

In the past, children were sent to etiquette classes, either in school or ones offered by churches or other, third party organizations. However, these are a thing of the past and just like these classes that teach great etiquette, manners are quickly declining.

The fact is, however, an etiquette class is not something that is needed for a person to know how to say “thank you,” “please,” “sir,” or “ma’am.” In addition to good manners, a person needs to understand the importance of extending respect and kindness to any and everyone they meet in normal society.

When someone travels outside their home country, it is also essential to learn the customs and manners of the country they are visiting to ensure they don’t offend anyone and to ensure they can easily get along with the locals.

In today’s school curriculum; however, manners are not viewed as important as science, math, and other studies such as these. As a result, many of the younger generation don’t have the basic good manners they need to thrive in society.

3. The Law

You don't want to learn the law the hard way.
You don’t want to learn the law the hard way.

A fact that many young people don’t understand is the fact that ignorance of the law cannot keep a lawbreaker out of jail or keep them from having to face the criminal justice system. If a person breaks the law, they are going to have to face the consequences. However, a high school and a college education do not teach this basic fact of life.

The majority of people have a general, basic understand of the laws and what they can and cannot do. However, it is still important for students to receive an education that covers the bare minimum regarding the impact of society’s laws on their lives.

For example, how many people understand if trespassing is a felony or misdemeanor? Is decorating a person’s car or toilet papering a person’s yard a chargeable offense? Can a person face criminal charges for not paying a credit card or other debt? What rights does a person have after they are arrested? With the potentially grave, real-life consequences of breaking the law, it is an important factor that all students need to learn. When they are taught this information, they can act accordingly and ensure they don’t participate in actions that are considered illegal or that may result in legal consequences.

This is another skill that is not taught in high school curriculum or in college unless a person is a law student. As a result, as a student reaches adulthood, they don’t have a firm grasp on what may happen to them if they were to break the law.