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Classes In School That Should Be Mandatory – Riggs’ Top Five

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I was thinking back to my school days and how I had the usual, required classes. Math, social studies, english, science, ect. Some of them are classes we do need to know. Basic math and english skills are a must in any occupation or profession. But what about some of the history classes we took? Do I need to know about specific dates of wars from the 15 and 1600's? Sure, they were interesting and lead to what we have today, but I don't believe that they should be a requirement. Here are some subjects and classes I think they should teach or already have that should be a requirement of graduating into the real world.

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Flickr, Alan Cleaver


Customer Service 101

How to be a better employee and how to be a customer



This is something that anyone who has or is currently working in retail can tell you. If you work in retail, you, yourself, will be a better customer because you can relate with any issues or problems you may have. Being a better customer in any situation like shopping at a grocery store; respecting the products and not just putting anything back anywhere or not putting the shopping carts back in their place because “it's someone's job to take care of it.” I think everyone should work in retail for at least one year before doing most other jobs. I used to work at Rite-Aid and Video Update and wouldn't trade that experience for anything. Learning what it's like on the other side of the shopping counter will make you a better person.


Flickr, Paul Kehrer
Flickr, Paul Kehrer


Driver’s Ed 101

How to drive and how to watch out for those who can’t



I honestly think they should teach driver's ed as an unpaid class in high schools. At least in this area. I can understand not having it on the curriculum in bigger cities like New York, but in Yakima you need to know how to drive if you ever plan on getting out of here. Not just driving a car, either – that's the easy part. They need to teach things, like, what to do when you get in an accident and how not to freak out when you run over a cat. It's Driver's education with a touch of driver's etiquette.


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Flickr, Baddog_


Keyboard Typing 101

How to type with all of your fingers



The late comedian Mitch Hedburg said “If I had nine of my fingers missing I wouldn't type any slower.” If you're not taught properly at an early enough age, you get used to typing with your index finger or index fingers. It's so much more comfortable and easier to type with all fingers once you get in the habit of it. Being that computers are everything in today's society, you gotta know how to type in almost any job.


Flickr, inazakira
Flickr, inazakira


Cooking 101

The basics of cooking



Of course I'd have this on the list, it's because I love cooking so much. But there's more to it than that. If you don't know how to cook there's a great chance that you'll be eating soul-less tv dinners and other convenient foods. Sure, it'll keep you alive, but it can't be good for your body. There are cooking classes in high school that you can take as an elective which means it's not mandatory. I think a cooking class is more valuable in life than learning how to divide fractions.


Flickr, buddawiggi
Flickr, buddawiggi


Schmoozing 101

How to get ahead in business by helping those around you



I am a firm believer of schmoozing. The people around me know that, for sure. The definition of schmoozing means 'to make small talk', but some misconstrue it as 'brown-nosing' which it isn't – although it can appear to be. Schmoozing is more about scratching someone else's back without expecting anything in return. If you happen to get something in return, then that's great. If not, it's no problem, you were happy to help. I do believe in karma so any amount of schmoozing you can do for others, the better. Not just bosses, either. You can schmooze your way in to a better job, a promotion, schmooze for love, schmooze for friendship – the possibilities are limitless. My favorite book is The Golden Art of Schmoozing – this would be my instructional book if I taught this class.


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