I would include the Financial Literacy. I feel as a student growing up, no one ever talked about saving money, RRSP’s vs TFS , student loans, how to buy a new vehicle, the expenses that come with owning a house and the list could go on. Perhaps I should blame my parents… I feel like my teachers never talked about this. Now, as a teacher I often find myself talking about my current financial situation. I do know from talking with my parents now, that money wasn’t as easy for people to talk about before. No one liked to engage in stating what they had in savings, RRSP’s or how much their houses were. I often find myself asking people when they get a new car or house how much they paid. If I ever do this in front of my parents, they ridicule me. They say it is very rude and disrespectful. But usually, people respond with the honest truth. Which I also think we need more of – honesty! I find myself being a very honest person and I find my student can resonate with that more. This world is tough to navigate, so why not equip students in the most effective way possible. At times as teachers we spend more time with children than they spend with their own parents. Students need to understand the value in honesty. When they have jobs later in life, if they are not performing to their expected standard they need to know how to take criticism. I often preach to my students about the importance of being resilient, while advocating for themselves when they need help, dont understand, or need clarification. All in all, we need to prepare students in as many ways as possible and I believe the earlier you start being honest, talk about expenses, and their futures, the better off they will be.