The importance of teaching social skills

Yesterday, I had a striking thought, maybe, you could say, a revelation. I’ve begun to embrace the idea that the root of the angst felt by some people is caused by a lack of social skills.

I came to this conclusion after realizing that I was never properly taught the important social skills I needed as a teenager, and I highly doubt that my parents, or even school were interested in delivering them.

I feel that in school, they were more interested in ensuring a student’s academic performance, thus leaving kids to work out how social life works on their own. However, I feel that this leaves people with learning difficulties in a horrible position.

Of course, the main problem is that schools aren’t teaching kids about the important social skills needed to progress through life. If not, then they should at least be taught by family. Otherwise, where are they going to learn it from? High school movies, cartoons, or even gangsters?

Teaching social skills in the first place is very important, because if they don’t learn them at all, they could wind up being isolated from the rest of society through no fault of their own. Or it could be even worse if he/she gets bullied because of it, or if he/she adopts self-harm as a coping mechanism for prolonged loneliness.

Not only should teaching social skills be a requirement for schools, but it should also be taught in a hands-on approach, because they shouldn’t be taught in the same way as science and maths, because then people won’t want to learn them.

I’m trying as hard as I can to learn all the things I haven’t been told, and when I finally do work it all out, one thing’s for sure, I don’t want the next generation to grow up having to try and figure out all the social skills for themselves, just because they have no other option available.

The problem is that society simply isn’t willing to deal with social isolation, which is a real issue. Instead, they’re wasting their time on gay marriage, porn, booze and tobacco.


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