While playing on the internet I found this article about 20 basic skills the author thinks they are going extinct. Some of these life skills I didn’t know how to do until recently and I am 50 years old! I am not convinced all of these are endangered but there is at least one I feel is already extinct. Let’s see the list.
Life Skills Endangered
- Reading a map. Ok I was taught how to do this in school. So speaking for my generation, I would say it is not extinct. Is it endangered? Could be. However, my son(11) is in Scouts and if they stay in business it will not go extinct, not to mention he also learned map reading in school.
- Using a compass. I get the basic idea of a compass. I was never officially taught how to use one. Again, my son has been taught some about how a compass works in Scouts. This one I would say no it is not endangered.
- Tie a specific knot. This one I have to say completely no on. Between Scouts and people tying down loads for shipping etc. I just do not see this one being endangered at all. It could be argued that less people know how to tie specific knots then they once did, but not extinct.
- Darn socks. People still do this? I have never been taught or seen older generation do it.
- Looking something up in a book using an index rather than “Googling it”. I can see this one endanger.
- Correct letter writing technique. I feel this one endanger for the same reason that #5 is. It is just easier to use technology. Not to say it is ashamed this skill is no longer a priority. However, it should be replaced with email etiquette.
- Understanding pounds and ounces. This is still taught in school. So I think this is a matter of understanding it when you are taught.
- Knowing your spelling and grammar. Same as #7
- Converting pounds and ounces to grams and kilograms. I NEVER understood this. However, I know where to look for the conversion table. That being said I have never had to use it in the real world.
- Starting a fire from scratch. I recently learned how to do this because I was a Cub Scout Den leader. AND I learned more than one method.(remember I am 50 years old)
- Handwriting. I think it is appalling that schools are thinking about or have stopped teaching cursive.
- Understanding feet and inches. This one goes along with #7.
- Knitting. I was never taught how to knit. However, I crochet and for that reason I have stayed away from knitting because my yarn stash would be 10 times larger.
- Recall a friend or relative’s phone number from memory. If I ever lost my phone I would not have any numbers. Just as the same as if I had lost my phone book 15 to 20 years ago. I just don’t remember numbers well.
- Recall a partner’s phone number from memory. I do know my husband’s number because he can’t remember his own number.
- Identifying tress, insects, and flowers. There are a few I know. But I never was formally taught. It just happen that I picked it up.
- Touch typing. I don’t see how this is going away. This world relies on computers way too much.
- Baking bread from scratch. I am self taught. It was something I was interested in learning so I looked it up in a cookbook.(no internet at the time)
- Taking up trousers. Between my mom, grandmothers, and school, I was taught to sew. I am not great but I can sew on a button and hem.
- Wiring a plug. I don’t see this going away. There is no technology that has replaced electricity.
All these life skills can probably be looked up on search engines, YouTube, Pinterest and the like. (I found how to darn a sock here.) So are they doomed to extinction? Probably not. Are they going to stay as a normal part of life as a skill? Probably not. With each new generation inventions and technologies makes life better and things change. It is part of life. But do we have to forget the “old ways”? No. So if there is a skill that you love from your generation past on that skill to your kids and grandkids. I personally plan on showing my grandson how to light a fire from scratch, and maybe even his mother.
Do you have a skill you have that you hope doesn’t disappear? Who are you going to teach it to? I would love to hear about it, leave a comment.
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