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Things I Wish I’d Been Taught In School

Things I Wish I'd Been Taught In School

I’ve spoken previously about how school wasn’t my favourite place and how much I love my life now but my time there still taught me some pretty valuable lessons.

I know about Pythagoras’ therom (I’ve never used it but still), I know the difference between their, there and they’re (something which many people bloody don’t know) and I know all about how Photosynthesis works.

However, there are still so, so many things that I don’t know about and that’s what today’s post is all about. Here’s all the things I wish I’d been taught in school.

Things I Wish I'd Been Taught In School


One of the biggest things that I wish I’d been taught in school is how to do my taxes, what they actually mean and just how important they are. I don’t really have a clue how to deal with them and while I’m sure the knowledge will come in time, it really is something I wish I would have been taught about.


Similar to taxes, the whole concept of mortgages and buying a house is something that goes straight over my head. I have no idea where to even begin when it comes to mortgages and I so wish that we were taught about them in school as I think it would make so many people’s lives much easier when applying for a house!

Social Life

Another valuable life lesson that I wish I’d been taught in school is how to manage a successful social life while juggling ten million other things. It might not ever be something that you ever fully learn how to do but I think a basic understanding of just how hard it would be to juggle everything in life would have really come in useful.


Again, I think this is probably something that very few people actually truly get the hang of but I still wish we’d have been taught more about deciding your career paths. At school there was only ever talk of going to university or college after high school and I wish we were told more about the different options available. While my career path has worked out remarkably well for me and I’m so glad to have discovered my true passion, there’s so many people I know who have no idea whatsoever where their life is headed and I think a few career lessons would have been super useful.


This is certainly something I think we all wish we were taught about in school and that’s because friendships can get so bloody complicated as you get older. Everything seems so perfect and ideal when you’re at school and you have a huge group of friends but little do you know that almost as soon as you leave school, most of those friends will seem to disappear from the face of the earth. Sometimes it’s due to huge fallouts and irreconcilable differences and other times it’s simply just because ‘life’ gets in the way and you drift apart. While I’ve always been aware that this is likely to happen as you get older, I definitely think that there’s people out there who could do with being taught about this…


The world of politics is something that I’m not even going to pretend I understand, and while my knowledge is certainly improving as I get older, I’m still pretty clueless as to the whole thing. However, I would have absolutely loved to have been taught at least a basic understanding of the world of politics at school, simply because it would have made things much easier as I grew up. I still can’t understand why this isn’t taught from a young age in high school because I reckon it would make the next generations a whole lot more clued up about the different political parties and who they should be voting for, and who they should steer clear of.


I don’t think this is really a lesson that you could have necessarily been taught in school but it would still have been nice for some people to realise just how important their parents are from a young age. I’m so incredibly lucky that I’ve always had an amazing relationship with my parents but I could certainly give my younger self a telling off or two about just how important my parents are to me. Those horrible angsty teenage years will see you arguing with your parents a decent amount and even though that obviously changes as you grow up, I still know so many people who take their parents for granted and I wish everyone would realise just how incredible our parents are.


I think the self-care culture is something that has been mega hyped up in the last few years but the basic idea of it is something that’s really important. The stresses of life can really take their toll sometimes and I think we all need to know that it’s okay to step back and take some time for ourselves. Self-care was never something that was mentioned when I was at school so I really hope they start teaching the importance of it soon.

Mental health

This point probably deserves a whole post of its own but I’m just going to touch on it briefly now. While there’s definitely more awareness regarding mental health now than there was five years ago, it’s still a subject that many people refuse to talk about. I wholeheartedly believe that the importance of mental health should be talked about more during school and I really wish I’d have been taught more about it.

There are obviously so many more things that I wish I’d been taught in school but I think these are probably the most important ones.

Things I Wish I'd Been Taught In School

What do you wish you’d have been taught in school? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. Laura
    24th April 2018 / 10:44 pm

    YES TAXES. Why is it not taught in school! Would help so much

    • chloedickenson
      25th April 2018 / 7:02 am

      It really would!

  2. 25th April 2018 / 8:00 am

    I was nodding along to absolutely everything on this list, Chloe! It baffles me that so many abstract concepts (especially mathematical ones) are taught in schools yet things like how taxes work and what it means to apply for a mortgage are neglected! I feel that especially with the financial things, young people would get into so much less debt if they were just aware from younger age of potential pitfalls and problems! I think that touching on mental health and self-care is very important as well, in school we are very often pushed to achieve academically, which often encourages people to neglect important aspects such as their mental wellbeing – kids ought to be told that exam results aren’t everything and they deserve to take care of themselves too!

    Abbey xxx

  3. 25th April 2018 / 2:58 pm

    I love this post, I’ve always said that school should teach ‘life’ lessons where you learn all about the outside world, something that seems to be cut off when you’re there. Politics is also something I have no idea about either, it makes no sense to me at all really. Great post, I agree with everything!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

  4. 25th April 2018 / 6:36 pm

    This is so accurate. Especially things like politics taxes and mortgages, I think students would benefit so much more from ‘life skills’ sessions as opposed to something like R.E or Citizenship! Just my personal opinion, I don’t remember anything from those GCSES and they were mandatory 🤦🏻‍♀️

    Jessica | http://www.thoughtsofjessica.com

  5. 25th April 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Totally agree with the taxes thing!!! It’s something everyone needs to learn!

  6. Giana Spiteri
    26th April 2018 / 8:34 am

    I did a post like this two years ago where I asked people what they wish they would have learnt and so many of these came up! I deffo think schools are talking more about mental health than they used to which is a good thing xx


    • chloedickenson
      26th April 2018 / 8:52 am

      Ah that’s cool! They deffo do need to address us more! Xx

  7. 26th April 2018 / 2:29 pm

    ‘They’re’, ‘there’ and ‘their’ has got to be one of the most annoying things ever when people don’t use the correct one.. I also agree with all of these points – I wish we got taught about taxes, mortgages, etc. too, the actual useful stuff haha xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      10th May 2018 / 7:28 am

      Omg, I know right?! SO annoying! Xx

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