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The Classroom is the Best Place to Teach Life Skills

Posted: January 22, 2020

By Jill Chalsty, Founder of Overcoming Obstacles

Over the years, I have heard people say that life skills should be taught in the home and not at school. However, the longest amount of formal learning time in a child’s life is in the school setting. Daily Overcoming Obstacles lessons result in young people developing the skills critical to their success in the classroom, in interactions with their peers and family members, in the community, and in the workplace. There is also a formal cognitive process involved in making decisions, solving problems, setting goals, and communicating effectively. This process needs to be broken down into parts that young people can grasp and comprehend. A school educator is the right choice for teaching life skills.

Here is former Overcoming Obstacles student Matthew Caraballo talking about why he thinks school is the best place to learn life skills:

Another student, Gus Velasquez, describes the instruction’s impact on his life as a freshman, “The Overcoming Obstacles program was a big part of our high school curriculum and one of my favorite classes. Overcoming Obstacles helped by teaching me how to deal with my stress and how to maintain composure in times where my temper could get out of hand. As teenagers and young adults in high school, it’s a big thing. We are forced to deal with reality in the real world. This can be a tough time for us. So many changes and pressures come upon us and it’s important that we maintain a good head on our shoulders. Overcoming Obstacles helped us deal with situations like this by putting us in those predicaments and showing us the right path to choose in hard times. I had a great bunch of teachers. I now know the signs and symptoms of stress and can control it.”

Overcoming Obstacles offers a comprehensive life skills curriculum designed to prepare young people for all of the challenges life will present. You can download the entire K-12 curriculum—including hundreds of lessons and activities—for free by logging in to your account. If you don’t yet have one, creating an account is fast, easy, and free—now and forever! Click here to get started.