1. Media Literacy (how to navigate media knowing what is trustworthy and what is trash)
2. How to use technology
3. Reading technical documents, applications, articles, for pleasure, for understanding
4. Writing to communicate, writing in the professional realm, writing to express oneself and reflect
7. Historical Perspectives - to develop an understanding and appreciation of other cultures
8. The arts - creative expression and creation is so important. I took music all through my formative years and I believe it made me better at math and languages. Also, the creative classes KEEP certain students in school who otherwise have no desire to be there.
9. PE & Physical and Mental Health - My soapbox on PE. I hated it as a kid, but ALL students NEED physical activity every day and our technological and test-heavy world is not allowing it. Kids lose focus and muscle when they sit all day. Their brains function better when they exercise. And childhood and adult obesity could decrease if healthy movement and nutrition were emphasized and encouraged. Health is a duh, but mental health - our kids need coping mechanisms....
10. Careers - something to allow students to explore careers and their interests, to maybe intern or job shadow in an interesting field, and even to train as they get older. Also, these courses would teach the universal career needs (responsibility, efficiency, team work, etc)
11. Life Skills - budgeting, buying, investing, laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.
12. AND I'm going to say it, but let lunch be healthy AND a time for students to socialize and move around. Give them a recess period to move and socialize. Quiet lunches are horrible!!! (This coming from the teacher who gets them AFTER the quiet lunch when they can no longer hold back the words they want to say!!!!)