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The main goal of education is to prepare students to navigate adulthood as independent and responsible members of society. In order to achieve this, individuals need to develop abilities such as making decisions, solving problems, thinking creatively and critically, communicating effectively, building interpersonal relationships, being self-aware and empathic, and coping with emotions and stress. All of these skills are essential to an individual’s wellbeing, and are all taught and developed over time. Because of this, schools should center their curriculum around teaching students these essential life skills. Secondary education programs that are designed in this way produce graduates who are more socially, emotionally, and cognitively capable of meeting the challenges they will encounter in college, their career, and life in general.
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Riedeman, A. B. (2021). The Impact of Life Skills Education on Secondary Students [Masterʼs thesis, Bethel University]. Spark Repository. https://spark.bethel.edu/etd/726