Adelaide Council Is Teaching Young People 'How To Adult'

Millennials get slammed by every other generation for being lazy, self-entitled and lacking any real world skills.

Some kids finish school and have never ironed their shirt, tied a tie, changed a tyre, managed their own finances or been taught the basics of renting a flat. But once you're in the big, wide world, no one is willing to teach you because, well, everyone expects you to just know it.

Well, an Adelaide council is looking to change that with 'Adulting Lessons'.

The City of Onkaparinga is teaching some of those points above and more to help people once they leave school.

The council's director of community relations Philomena Taylor told the ABC: "The idea came from a young person on our Onkaparinga youth committee last year, who said it [would] be great to see a program that talked about all those things you need to learn - and indeed what many adults wish they were taught when they were younger - as you're transitioning from being a young person into adulthood.

"The response has been overwhelming. The program attracted huge interest on social media with a post reaching thousands of people on Facebook."

The course will end this month and the council will see what the feedback is and decide whether to expand it.

But it's not just the land Down Under that has some young people struggling with adult stuff.

A school in America dedicated a day to teaching kids about how to change a tyre, how to cook low budget meals, how to write a good résumé and how to manage your finances.

There were 11 classes that students could choose from, but they were only allowed to pick three. That seems a bit silly - why not do all 11 and make sure they have all the information in their arsenal.

Credit: Bullitt Central High School/Facebook
Credit: Bullitt Central High School/Facebook

The financial topics sounded pretty decent: they learned the differences in accounts you can get at a bank and how to manage your credit rating. Not going to lie - that is some vital information.

Other groups that spoke at the school include The Center for Women and Families, KHEAA (Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority), the US Army, UPS, Abby Baylor, Park Federal, Our Lady of Peace, and Mr. Rippy.

We've all been there when the tire goes flat for the first time or we're confronted with balancing your finances. It would make these experiences a hell of a lot easier if we studied them in school rather than when they happen.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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