those pesky burning questions

I’ve been busy collecting burning questions again.  Random thoughts that pop into my head and burrow in like a groundhog preparing for winter.  I find life much easier when I set them free, say, on the blog.  So let’s go, shall we?

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* Our education system has been under increasing scrutiny for their core curriculum, and it’s hard to argue with wanting all kids to read.  I can’t help but wonder, though…why on earth don’t we demand Useful Life Skills be taught in our nation’s schools?  Balancing a checkbook, doing laundry, proper dishwasher loading.  We could save marriages with some of these courses.  High schools could offer advanced electives in Black Friday shopping and water cooler office politics.  Just think of the number of American adults set loose in the workforce with nary a clue about walking the fine line between harmless chitchat and wildfire gossip.

* If they created Rain-X, why can’t scientists invent something for bird poo and bug guts? Surely there’s some sort of chemical compound that would prevent these goopy blobs from streaking up the windshield.

* What is it about certain people that make them so magnetic?  BrightSide is one of these guys. Kids are drawn to him like moths to a flame (without the sizzle and pop part).  Is he giving off some kind of pheromone that’s the silent equivalent of ice cream truck music?

* Approximately 189 million American households are locked in the same kitchen dilemma: store tupperware with lids on, tripling the cupboard space necessary but ensuring we’ll always be able to find a complete set?  Or store them nested with lids stacked nearby, using less cupboard space but guaranteeing lids will get sucked into a vortex?  I’ve tried it both ways and can’t say either’s been successful.

* We live in the south.  Folks here eat, drink, and breathe sweet friendly openness that strikes up conversations in waiting rooms and elevators, popcorn lines and restrooms.  This attitude provokes actions that would make people in other cities file for a restraining order.  I’ve lived it; I’ve (mostly) loved it.  But I cannot for the life of me understand why folks around here drag their southern sensibilities into four way stops.  There are laws, people.  You waving me on when you have the right of way just puts us both in an awkward stutter step with our cars, lurching forward and stopping until we figure out who’s really going first.  Just go.  For the love.

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14 thoughts on “those pesky burning questions

  1. All good points to ponder. The fact that they don’t teach life skills in school is something I talked about for years when I was on a bunch of school district committees. I still don’t understand.

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    • It’s unbelievable, right? I feel like schools got stuck in the era of Home Ec and Shop and never revamped their curriculum for modern needs. We have a local school offering an amazing program but we really need something nationwide.

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  2. Serious reply to a funny point:
    Really, truly, high school should have a required class in consumer math. Interest rates, check books, credit cards…I feel as though that would serve most students better than trig

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    • Consumer math would have been a life saver for me! I got through okay because I’m a saver by nature, but I remember those credit card companies offering applications on registration day at college. Talk about a time when you can make mistakes that follow you for a lifetime. Even now, though, I feel like I missed the part where smart people learned all the money stuff.


    • Also, our friend works at a local high school where they offer the Academy of Finance, an incredible program that involves internships, job shadowing, project based learning. Plus they focus on financial literacy, business principles, and professionalism. I can only hope more schools follow suit.


  3. Your questions are good ones.
    I put all my plasticware in a big clear bin in a bottom cupboard about two years ago. Lids to Turvis, lids to Pyrex bowls and pans, lids to travel cups, all the Tupperware and Rubbermaid and whatever that special green no BPA stuff is. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. There is no proper way to easily, functionally store such a motley assembly, all shapes and sizes of plastic. I am pleased with my choice. Chaotic, but contained, and highly functional. If it’s plastic, toss it in the bin. I slide the bin out like a drawer when I need something 🙂

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  4. I’ve been wondering for about half my life why Useful Life Skills isn’t a class in school. They teach us a million different formulas in math and science that we have no clue how or where to use in real life, but when it comes to the things we’re all expected to do by the time we’re adults, there’s nothing. It’s a shame.

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    • Every adult I know says the same thing! I can’t understand it…all the chiefs in charge of education went through the system, too. Why is it only normal people recognize this??

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      • They’re probably too considered with marks and school rankings because they are the people always saying “get an education” instead of saying “learn the necessary skills you need in order to live”.

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