Who is Teaching Kids How to be Humans?
A recent article about the 20 Life Skills Not Taught in Schools really struck a chord with me. If seemingly basic life skills are not taught in the home, and they’re not specifically taught or reinforced in schools, then how are kids supposed to prepare for life? For their future?
In an age of tech-savvy, multi-tasking, thumb-wielding social media mavens –– and parents who are too busy or perhaps ill-equipped to teach them –– where are kids learning about things like vehicle and home repair? How about building and establishing credit? Handling money? Surviving without technology? The art of conversation and interpersonal skills? Learning from failure?
How about all the hands-on, practical, real-life lessons young adults need to survive, grow, and thrive? Lessons in cooking, preventive health, politics, and first aid. When they are considering homeownership for the first time, where do they begin? In Math, do they learn about mortgages, property tax, and household budgeting? If their car breaks down in the Lincoln Tunnel, what do they do? Think about the myriads of learning opportunities from this one scenario alone. And if another vehicle hits them while awaiting roadside assistance, we can cover auto insurance protocol, law enforcement, personal safety. I could go on.
So whose responsibility is it to make sure that these gaps are filled? We know that sweeping change is needed, but what can we do NOW to make sure that future generations are learning how to coexist as productive human beings on this earth, and are prepared with the right tools and coaching to embody the social change we want to see?
The responsibility has fallen upon multiple groups, working both independently and collectively. Corporations are embarking upon meaningful sustainability initiatives. Social enterprises continue to advance worthy causes. Governmental organizations serve their missions to promulgate information to the public. Through education and community-based social responsibility programs, kids can learn the skills they need at every stage of their lives.
At CarrotNewYork, we applaud all of these entities that recognize the immense opportunity they have to engage people in entirely new and lasting ways, affording them the greatest chance to be successful in life. We seek out those partnerships that support social endeavors to inspire creative, well-rounded, self-sufficient, and industrious individuals. Ones who just so happen to embody those values upon which our company was established.