What they don’t teach you in school. ICYDK.

I’m sure we all have moments in our lives, where we see people do things, or say things, and we go “How did they learn to do that? Where did they find that out? Who told them that?”.  These things make up the “you should have known that”, the “its just common sense”, the “I thought everyone knew that?”. The list may be different for each of us – for some it may simply just have been things they didn’t take in as easily due to a medical condition, like Dyslexia, ADHD, or Aspergers. But there are many things that I think are not taught to us, that we really should have been taught. I’m just going to use this post as a running list of things I learn. Some may be interesting, some may be boring, some may be shocking. Many may not be surprising or new to you. I’ve heard it said by someone wise XKDC suggested, that on average there are 10,000 people learning something for the first time each day.

Oh, and in case you didn’t know, ICYDK.

Ten Thousand
Without further delay, here are Some Things I Wish Were Taught in School:


  1. The people who you can learn the most from, often may be the people you fundamentally or strongly disagree with at first. You may not change your mind, but you’ll often discover an entirely different perspective on a topic, at a minimum.
  2. Don’t trust Scientific claims blindly, especially not ones you read in the media. (Not that you should trust the media anyway…)
    • Scientists can often use true reliable evidence to come to incorrect conclusions, because of the limitations of their their studies (e.g. epidemiological studies), or limits from their interpretation of results (e.g. confirmation bias). (see Karl Popper)
    • The way science works, is that wrong facts will be held onto for a long time, even when evidence says otherwise. (e.g see Frederick Kuhn’s Paradigm Shifts)
    • The media are not trained in how to read, interpret, share or critique scientific papers.
    • Break-through discoveries should not be given the same level of trust than more established scientific theories and knowledge. However, established theories and knowledge should also not be taken to be infallible; this is just as important. Good scientists are both open-minded to new ideas, and are able to critically analyze them in context of established knowledge.
    • Good science is a lot more about the consensus process and establishment of verifiable and falsifiable truths, than just “fact finding”.
  3. I wish we were all taught how to appropriately treat people who are different to us. Sure, we’re all told to respect each other, but unless we actually get a chance to meet people who are radically different to us and interact with them, I’ve seen that is easy to make assumptions, or to hold prejudices unconsciously. I really love the youtube channel “Special Books by Special Kids“, which I think everyone should watch. This is a good video to start with.
  4. Males and Females are more different than you might think. See: Jordan Peterson: Nice guys finish last
  5. If its too good to be true, it probably is. Especially if you found it online.
  6. Men and Women can’t be “Just Friends“. If so, one of you is probably #friendzoned. If you’re that person, don’t bank on things ever changing one day, unless you can actually identify what the hesitation is, and change that aspect completely.
  7. Guys: don’t be afraid to be masculine. Society desperately needs more Good Men, masculine men, who also carry Fruits of the Spirit.
  8. The internet never forgets. Don’t take a photo you don’t want others to see. Don’t post something that you are afraid of others to find out. Otherwise, you could end up on the internet, in the news, or at least be very embarrassed in a family member’s speech at your 21st birthday.

How To Adult

At my school, the largest bank in our country sponsored a banking program for kids called Dollarmites. But not once in school was any advice or education provided on the key basic life topics that we all need to learn. The list below is boring, but it’s probably every bit as important as the list above.

  1. Where does money come from?
  2. How to earn money.
  3. How to save money.
  4. How to pay your taxes.
  5. What is superannuation.
  6. How the credit system works.
  7. How the welfare system works.
  8. How our card payment system works. (Cheque, savings or credit?)
  9. Why am I still banking with CommBank? (Oops)
  10. How to lose weight
  11. How to create good habits
  12. How to use Google search effectively.
  13. How to evaluate the truth of something you read on the internet.

To Be Continued…

This list is far from exhaustive, but I guess I hope to add to it bit by bit.


Oh, and of course, here’s some Things I Wish Were Not Taught in School:

  1. Long division.

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