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Do our modern Hi-Tech children miss out on learning basic life skills?

When I was young we had basic cookery sewing, woodwork and the like included in the school curriculum, and the young ones learnt at home from parents how to D.I.Y, make-do and mend.

The knowledge stood me in good stead all my life, and even more so in these troubled times.

Are today's kids missing out?

Created By on 13/04/2020

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13th Apr 2020 10:10:13
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I think children today may be missing out on learning these essential skills at school but having been involved in Guiding and Scouting over the years I know these are the backbone skills that form and can be gained from organisations such as these. They fill an ever growing essential gap that ill-funded schools struggle to meet.

I think it's so important that our children and grandchildren learn these basics and I wholeheartedly applaud Bear Grylls (Chief Scout) for stepping up and encouraging children to be self-sufficient.

There are ways these skills can be gained, parents just have to look for them, or perhaps look to grandparents to help.
Response from PurpleHat Original Poster made on 13th Apr 2020 23:30:31
I too was involved in Guiding and was a Cub Pack Leader for some time, among other things. Sadly where I live now the parents commute to town for work, and there is very little in the way of activities like these, and no practical transport. Our village hourly bus service finishes at 8pm.
13th Apr 2020 10:24:28 (Last activity: 14th Apr 2020 06:00:24)
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Probably in some regards. Education needs to be relevant to current times and future employment requirements.My daughter was at the start of tech subjects being taught in school.She is now 40 with daughters aged 10 and. 2 .The difference in the curriculums between my daughter and granddaughter is vast.My granddaughter is a digital leader which means once she has been taught in a small group she can then help other class mates with their computer work.Whereas my daughter learnt spreadsheets in college and my granddaughter in primary 5.
Yes there is a lack of teaching in practical skills but parents and grandparents can teach these If in doubt people can always look online for guidance to complete many tasks.
Particularly now we need to look to the future yes learn from the past but don't live in it.
Response from PurpleHat Original Poster made on 13th Apr 2020 23:18:51
I am not one who lives in the past, far from it, but in every day life I see young mothers, phone in hand, totally engrossed and ignoring their young one's questions.
Families are dispersed, parents often working, and grandparents at a distance.
A shortage of Youth Officers, to run clubs, Councils cannot afford them, and few people come forward these days to give their time to run the Guide and Scout troupes of my youth, they are all too busy. and is it always practical to teach how to use a cooker or tools or handle fire safely from a computer.?
I agree that education must be relevant to the times, but practical skills, Arts and life skills are just as necessary. ( Incidentally I did my part when I was able.)
Response from Carnflower made on 14th Apr 2020 06:00:24 > @PurpleHat
I do agree with much of what you say .Patticularly parents on phones ignoring their children.It should become socially unacceptable to use phones in shops cafes . Emergency use of phones can be a life saver what age children are given a phone is another dabate.I still think it is a parents responsibility to.teach cooking skills which of course involves personal safety
Tools I m not familiar with their use but the range is vast I can however use a screwdriver and a hammer and day that's all I.require.You will be surprised to.hear that my fire safety training. as a
support worker was done on line was
comprehensive and ultimately I could on a night shift be responsible alone for evacuating four vulnerable adults or making the decisions to leave them in rooms where fire doors.protected them for twenty minutes Fortunately the situation didn't arise but it illustrates the importance of support staff and the faith their company's have in on line learning.

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