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Why don't schools teach children about taxes and bills and things that they will definitely need to know as adults to get by in life?
Departments of education and school districts always have to make decisions about what to include in their curriculum.  There are a lot of life skills that people need that aren't taught in school.  The question is should those skills be taught in schools?I teach high school, so I'll talk about that.  The typical high school curriculum is supposed to give students a broad-based education that prepares them to be citizens in a democracy and to be able to think critically.  For a democracy to work, we need educated, discerning citizens with the ability to make good decisions based on evidence and objective thought.  In theory, people who are well informed about history, culture, science, mathematics, etc., and are capable of critical, unbiased thinking, will have the tools to participate in a democracy and make good decisions for themselves and for society at large.  In addition to that, they should be learning how to be learners, how to do effective, basic research, and collaborate with other people.  If that happens, figuring out how to do procedural tasks in real life should not provide much of a challenge.  We can't possibly teach every necessary life skill people need, but we can help students become better at knowing how to acquire the skills they need.  Should we teach them how to change a tire when they can easily consult a book or search the internet to find step by step instructions for that?  Should we teach them how to balance a check book or teach them how to think mathematically and make sense of problems so that the simple task of balancing a check book (which requires simple arithmetic and the ability to enter numbers and words in columns and rows in obvious ways) is easy for them to figure out.  If we teach them to be good at critical thinking and have some problem solving skills they will be able to apply those overarching skills to all sorts of every day tasks that shouldn't be difficult for someone with decent cognitive ability  to figure out.  It's analogous to asking why a culinary school didn't teach its students the steps and ingredients to a specific recipe.  The school taught them about more general food preparation and food science skills so that they can figure out how to make a lot of specific recipes without much trouble.  They're also able to create their own recipes.So, do we want citizens with very specific skill sets that they need to get through day to day life or do we want citizens with critical thinking, problem solving, and other overarching cognitive skills that will allow them to easily acquire ANY simple, procedural skill they may come to need at any point in their lives?
If you left a survey for burglars to fill out the next time they ransacked your home, how would they rate the experience?
How did you learn about us?Rumors about rural houses having little Security.Location: 5/10Location was alright. Around 500 meters to the nearest neighbor. But unfortunately an hour away from any sizable population (20,000 plus being a sizable population.)Transportation: 10/10Transportation was top notch. The owners of the property never lock their Minivan or Pick-up truck. The keys are always left in the vehicles. Both are moderately new and somewhat non-descriptive so a perfect getaway vehicle. Not only did they provide vehicles they also kept trailers in a easily accessible unlocked shed.Security: 9/10Security was lax. There is a gate but it isn’t locked. Doors aren’t locked unless the house is left unoccupied for more than 2 weeks. No cameras made it really easy. They did have a dog which made it a bit of a pain. He was easily disposed of as he was just a Labrador Retriever puppy. Owners are very light sleepers don’t rob if they’re around.Products: 10/10No place has better selection. The place had 3 DSLR cameras, 3 Workstation class desktops, 3 tablets, 4 drones, 6 Smartphones, 9 external monitors and 11 laptops. All of the items were of premium design and value (aka Apples or equivalent). The freezers and shelves were well stocked the rest of the property was much more appealing though.They also had a shop on the property with many tools ranging from mechanics to carpentry to fabrication. The tools were of medium quality. The shop also stored 2 ATV for added convenience. The shop wasn’t the jackpot though.The shed was the real treasure trove. This drive in shed held heavy equipment all with the keys in the ignition for easy accessibility. The average equipment’s value was around $100,000, with a combined value of around $1.5 Million. Unfortunately the heavy equipment is hard to transport and the market is too small to get away with it.The products all seemed gift wrapped for the taking. Everything was easy to find as it looked organized.Laws in the area: 10/10Owners aren’t allowed to use lethal force or even have a premeditated weapon for self defense. A robber in the area once accidentally locked himself into the garage place he was robbing. As the owners did not come home for a couple days he resorted to eating dog food. The end result was the owners were charged for negligence of the robber. Laws almost protect us. Owners are not supposed to attack us in any way or they may be charged.Would you recommend to your friends?If everybody is gone a resounding yes. Unfortunately that’s not very often as the house is occupied by Home-schooling kids, a Writer and the owner is a farmer who mostly works on property. Also if you intend to use brute force, bring a weapon. All the occupants are big. The average height is around 6 feet.BTW bring friends to help loot. It really requires a team of people to loot the place.
In the UK, are private secondary schools rated by the schools regulator, OFSTED?
Sometimes, but more normally they are rated by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
Do I have to fill out a witness report at school?
I am not sure what is going on in particulars but considering the vagueness I recommend that you:1. Ask to consult with your parents first if you are a minor before you do anything you are uncomfortable with, in this case, signing a witness statement.2. Review your school handbook with your parents if you received one (most do at the beginning of a school year which the student and guardian both sign) You or your parents may as for a copy of it from the school if you no longer have it3. If your parents are wary about you signing anything they should consult a legal professional.
What is the best way to fill out a school application?
Hi, Hannah! Thanks for the A2A!This is a pretty vague question, which lends itself to a very general answer. As others have mentioned, honestly and completely is the way to go on all applications.So I’m going to go a little bit deeper. If you are applying to colleges that accept more than one type of application, it’s important for you to think carefully about which application you are going to use. Take a look at all the colleges you are applying to and see if you can economize anywhere. For example, I’m working with a student who is applying to a number of colleges that take both the Common App and the Coalition App. She has some that only take Common App, so the best thing for her is to avoid the Coalition App, and focus on polishing her common app. If she wanted to apply to a school that only took the Coalition App, and did not have a special app all their own (many do, but you have to look for it), then she would have to complete both the Common App and the Coalition App.In terms of essays, even short answer essays, it’s better to type your essay into a separate document for editing (Google docs, Microsoft Word, whatever). Writing an essay is a long, laborious process, and the application platforms can time out after 15–20 minutes, causing you to lose all your work. Trust me, that’s a fate worse than death! Fancy editing, fonts, colors, etc. will not be preserved in your document, so don’t use those. DO use your spellchecker and grammar checker.When you’re done with your essay and have revised and edited it (preferably with a friend to help), then you will cut and paste the essay into the appropriate box on the application. Be sure to proofread before sending! Re-reading your essay on a different platform may give you fresh eyes to catch mistakes previously missed.The only other advice I have is: don’t wait until the last minute! I can’t tell you how many students I have who I don’t hear from for weeks and then the day before (or day of!) the deadline, suddenly they desperately need help with essays. Don’t do this to yourself. Panic is apparent on applications that are incomplete, poorly written, full of typos. And yes, the apps are time-stamped so they do know you submitted 60 seconds before the deadline.You can get started with your applications right now by creating your account and filling out as much information as you can. Be sure to save as you go along. You should be able to go back into the application at a later time to edit or elaborate on what you’ve already entered. Also, don’t wait until the last minute to ask for test scores or transcripts to be sent. You can send those even before you complete the application, so if you’re happy with your scores, send them now.
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