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That Rant Ended in a Different Place from Where it Started

October 9th, 2019 at 08:17 pm

Sometimes I get really annoyed with the online places I shop begging me to do reviews immediately. Amazon is the worst offender for this. Don't get me wrong, I will review products, but not two days after I get them. I want to use a product for at least a month before I review it. Take my sheet set for example. If I had reviewed it after the first day I used it, I would not have had the experience of the pillow case hem unraveling yet. I don't like to jump the gun. Sometimes they send you more than one review beg for a single product. SMH I do love the sheets otherwise, though.

I did sew up the pillowcase today. I just hand sewed it as it was only 8 inches. I also sewed up the little hole in the thumb tip of my stretchy turquoise gloves. I did it from the inside and you can't even tell from the outside. I was careful to use really tiny stitches so I wouldn't feel them rubbing against my skin.

It is amazing to me how many people don't even know how to sew up a small hole, a seam, hem trousers and jeans, or put a button back on. They don't have to know how to make clothes, but just to fix them would cut down significantly on how many things get thrown away for basic fixes. I've seen people throw out jeans for a belt loop that has come out on one side.

I think we really did a disservice in our schools when home economics was eliminated as a required course. Everyone should know how to do some minor mending of clothes, work a household budget, pay bills, and cook some basic foods.

Of course I feel the same way about shop class. People should know how to do basic woodworking repairs (work a drill, a screwdriver, a hammer, a dremel tool) and even some metal working (soldering and stamp engraving) so you can do some basic repairs and have a little bit of fun with things. They should know how to replace a lock or a door knob or replace a screw.

It's sad how much practical knowledge is missing from today's education. I've never seen dumber highly educated people than what is being churned out of colleges today. I mean, sure they can do whatever thing it is they studied for expertise, (well, some of them can), but they can't balance their bank accounts.

They have no idea what the Constitution actually says but are willing to spout off about what they think it says for hours (on TV or YouTube no less). They ignore science when it suits them but tout it when it doesn't, and selectively tilt their statistics by only interviewing people they know will agree with them, to make them mean what they want them to say and not what the numbers actually say.

They have no idea where their food comes from. Some don't even realize potatoes are grown under the ground or how meat is raised (I swear some think it just appears in the grocery stores by magic) or that most eggs are laid by hens that have never seen a rooster and therefore can't be a murdered baby chick. They couldn't sprout a seed in a paper towel let alone plant a garden.

They don't realize that when the power company says they are turning off the electricity for 5 days and has been warning them about it for weeks so you can stock up and be prepared, that it'll all be okay because they can just order uber eats. You know, from the restaurant that has no power to cook food either, using gas from the gas station that has no power to pump its gas.

Or they'll just pick up ice from the store (that has to shut down while the power is out because even if they could have their freezers and fridges on, they have no way of accepting payment on non-working cash registers), to keep their food in a cooler. That they have no way of cooking because they don't have a grill or didn't buy charcoal or propane.

Life smarts need to be taught just as much as book smarts. I hope this turns around, but I really don't see it happening. All we can do is make sure our own children learn and if they have kids, that our grandkids do.

4 Responses to “That Rant Ended in a Different Place from Where it Started”

  1. Smallsteps Says:

    good rant! hope it helps getting it out.... It is amazing isn't it the complete lack of knowing how ANYTHING works. The complete disconnect use to make me laugh but now i see it for how sad it is.

  2. Carol Says:

    What's more upsetting is that the lines are in such disrepair.

  3. Sue Says:

    I couldn't agree more - we are setting our kids up for failure by doing major testing in KINDERGARTEN!!!! I am appalled that they have taken away everything that "they" deem isn't "academic" - some kids, like one of mine, just aren't students and don't want to go to college. If they had auto mechanic classes, carpentry classes, etc, they might find something they are really good at and be more positive about school!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Preach it! You are exactly right. Education has become sad. Before all the standardized state testing, as a 6th grade teacher, we did lots of life skills stuff like basic sewing, some baking, some cooking, and we had a local bank that had materials too how kids how to handle a checking account.

    Years ago I attended college in a Chicago suburb and my best friend grew up in Chicago. He is incredibly book smart, but I was appalled at his lack of knowing things I considered common like the chicken and eggs and no rooster and that potatoes are grown underground and even the size of cattle. I thought I had a cute story -- I was home for the summer, my mom heard that some local bar had gotten a deal on bags of potatoes, so she sent me to the door...the bar wasn't open yet (early morning) so I knocked and a guy asked me what I wanted and I said potatoes. He told me how much and I gave him the money and a few minutes later he handed me a bag. My friend was shocked and said he couldn't believe we would eat potatoes sold like that. I asked him, where do you think potatoes come from? He had no idea. I explained how they are grown and the grocery store isn't much different, just higher.

    A few years ago a gal I worked with popped the button off her pants. I suggested we try and find a needle and thread and she said no, she would just use a binder clip until she got home. I said, oh, OK, but then she said she would just throw them away when she got home. I was shocked. She had no idea how to sew on a button. And then they complain how landfills are overflowing!

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