Economic Well-Being at School

If amongst your list of “things that need improvement” in this world you had the state of the UK’s School Curriculum, then this will be of interest to you. School Curriculum to be Overhauled, reports MSN. What it means? A quarter of the curriculum is to be freed for schools to teach whatever they feel necessary.  So far, so good. I’m all up for being taught not just what one’s school thinks one needs to learn, but what one actually WANTS to learn. I see no point in keeping students locked in a room for hours, teaching them things they have almost no interest in.

So, what will schools teach with that brand new, spanky, shiny 25% of curriculum?. How to behave in relationships?. How to deal with emotions?. How to feel empathy for the masses of people suffering in this world?. No. “How to manage their money and save for a pension”, apparently under the popmpous name of “economic well-being”. It seems to have escaped them that 80% of our GRAND economy is based precisely on the premise of NOT letting us BE WELL, thereby consuming a zillion of what we actually need and making the economy oh-so-wonderful in the process.  Or maybe what they actually meant was the “well-being of the economy”, in which case all they have to do is to train students to wake up early in the morning, go and sit still on a desk and work for 6-7 solid hours, stopping only to have pseudo-meals for lunch. Oh, wait a minute, they already DO THAT. Then, as far as I can see, there’s no point in having an “economic well-being” subject.

Honestly, don’t they have anything better to teach?.


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