Should Public Education Teach Survival Courses?

June 11, 2010 sexyknees
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In my amateur opinion, I think that passing a survival course in high school should be mandatory.  Students are becoming (or have become) much too reliant on technology to do the work for them.  When I was in school calculators were not allowed and computers were not yet prolific.  We had to do everything in our head.  In a pinch I can do calculations on paper, which is rapidly becoming a lost art.  What if…God forbid…disaster strikes such as a power grid failure, or another 9/11, or hurricanes such as Floyd and Katrina?  Without their laptops and cell phones, most of today’s youth would succumb to the environment or starve to death.  They have no idea how to build a shelter, catch or grow food, or even start a fire.

I have never quite understood the physical education requirement past junior high, anyway.  Yes, keep the sports teams, but as far as graduation is concerned I do not think it is the right path.  Let’s spend our educations dollars on a program which will unquestionably benefit our children and teach them skills which they may need in an emergency.  Let’s teach them how to hunt, fish, build shelters, identify edible plants, administer first aid, escape a flood or burning building, respond to a terrorist attack, etc.  Let’s teach them how to survive!

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  • 1. ky  |  June 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    i certianly agree with You Nikki. it always seems so silly that people would rather spend more money on Phys Ed rather then actual learning.

    my brother has a step-son who spends more time on his cell phone then anything else in his life. i think he would be as helpless as a baby if his phone died. its a sad sad thing.

    • 2. sexyknees  |  June 13, 2010 at 12:31 am

      I know what you mean. I intentionally avoid purchasing one of the newer phones with internet access so that I do not become reliant upon technology to find addresses, etc. I’d rather use a map than anything electronic so as to keep my sense of direction sharp.

  • 3. ky  |  June 13, 2010 at 1:52 am

    i am probably the only person i know under the age of 50 that doesnt have a cell phone… im such a stoneage girl *lol*

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