Saturday, May 25, 2019

Skills, skills and again ... sklills

This very likely is going to be another one of those blogs, where I consider what we really do need to learn for the future. What our children should learn at school.

First of all: what is a skill?

A skill refers to an activity one needs to train and learn to do "whatever". It is practical knowledge. When you are skilled you have the ability to do something in such a way that things work out fine.

Why should we care about skills, when we can but whatever we need on the global market?

The world will change in one or another way. Our present growth economy will get more and more into difficulties. We already see raising prices everywhere. But raising prices is only one very small part of the whole picture. Nevertheless if you are part of the global warming or global cooling community (both are theories - which one is more likely to happen ... let's leave that open for this specific moment).

Both scenarios will, among others, very likely lead to food shortages and at the same time our food is highly treated ans processed. We should therefore care about being able to grow our own food.

Another problem of our time is the continuous overproduction. Instead of buying new stuff, we should first check if we can "repair" whatever is broken or repurpose our old stuff.

Now that we identified two, respectively three reasons why we should care about skills, we should try to create a list of skills and learn and teach them step by step.

Knowledge is power. (Francis Bacon)

Skills we should all have, whether we need them or nor

  • Gardening
    • Growing food in the garden
    • Growing food in small spaces
  • Mending clothes
  • Mending socks
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Make fire
  • Cooking
  • Preserving food
    • Canning
    • Dehydrating
  • Making bread
  • ... what else?
Like I wrote above: this article needs additions and changes ... one step at a time

First published: May 25, 2019

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