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Lower Learning - Curriculum for Today's Adults

Updated on September 16, 2012

It's all too common we read about a parent or coach attacking another parent or coach at a little league or high school sporting event. Or maybe it's soccer moms squaring off and beating the crap out of each other while the little ones they're defending watch from a distance.

Not long ago I read about a police officer's jaw being dislocated after getting sucker punched by a parent at a high school soccer match. I started thinking we should all go back to school. Not for English or Math (although I could use that too), but for living in a civilized society. I've put together this semester's curriculum.

The classes listed below will provide today's adults with the skills they need to function in a civilised society and better treat there fellow human beings.

Common Sense (CS)

CS101 Manners - Course presents adult with building blocks in order for them to treat other humans with courtesy and respect in day to day life. Major components include key words such as please and thank you. Lecture 3 hours per week.

CS110 Human Decency- Instructs adults on a fundamental norms of basic humanitarian decency. Adults will study principle aspects of dignity and regard for fellow human beings. Lecture 3 hours per week.

CS110 Dressing in Public - Introduces adult to proper attire for different situations and environments. Emphasizes why wearing a wife beater and/or slippers in public is not acceptable. Importance of covering bulging body parts and appropriate sizing also included.

CS120 Advanced Communication - Further Develops adult in day to day conversation. Advances adult from series of grunts to effectively communicating with fellow human beings. Prerequisite: CS101

Financial Planning (FP)

FP101 Budgeting Covers the fundamentals of buying what one can afford. Adult will study theory of saving and investing as well as interest rates.

FP110 Living within ones means - Further studies aspects of budgeting with radical idea of living expenses in relation to earnings. Prerequisite: FP101 *This class is not sponsored by the US Government.

Driving (DR)

DR110 Signals - Provides fundamental knowledge of using the signal lever. Familiarizes adult with using signals before turning and signaling before braking.

DR120 Merging - Explores concept of smoothly entering traffic flow instead of coming to a complete stop or pulling out in front of oncoming traffic. Prerequisite: DR110

DR125 Parking Studies the principles of parking within the lines of parking lots. Also explores concept of parking courtesy and handicapped parking rules. Lecture 3 hours per week.

Cell Phone Etiquette (CFE)

CFE101 - Public Use - Focuses on appropriate times to use a cell phone when in public. How to change device to vibrate in certain settings. How to turn cell phone off. Also covers concept of speaking at a normal level when in public. Lecture 4 hours per week.

CFE110 Ring Tones- Examines ring tone use in relation to age. Introduces concept of being too old for certain ring tones and why subject should be embarrassed. Lecture 3 Hours per week.

CFE125 Driving while on Cell Phone - Integrates driving course with cell phone use. Introduces adult to notion of answering cell phone at later time. Lecture 4 hours per week.

Well I think this gives us a good start to our inaugural school year, we will be adding classes in the future as they fill up. I think most of us can benefit from these simple classes. With a little hard work and studying I think it will be a great success!! Well, off to class!


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    • FreezeFrame34 profile image


      6 years ago from Charleston SC

      Love, love, love it! I know quite a few people who should be automatically enrolled in these courses! Sadly, a lot of them are high school and college graduates that missed the fundamentals along the way somewhere!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Mary, it's a sleeveless white tank top that men nowadays wear out in public. I think the nickname came from the type of men who wore them around the house while drinking beer and refusing to shave... Thanks for reading and voting!

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Question: What is a wife beater? Good advice here.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

    • JeniferRW profile image


      7 years ago from Couch

      You were right! Our hubs go hand and hand. I loved this though, VERY VERY true. The 'classes' listed here are things that each of us at some point or another could use a good brushing up on ;)

      Voted up/awesome/funny/interesting/useful! Thank you for commenting so kindly on my hubs! I always appreciate your input!

    • weestro profile imageAUTHOR

      Pete Fanning 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      @ Stephanie - It does seem that way sometimes, thanks for commenting.

      @Terishere - yes there are. Thanks for reading

      @ paul - Math, yes but basics first! Thanks

      @agent - The younger the better!!

    • agent007 profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      So true! Can I add the same for college students?

    • Paul Kuehn profile image

      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      7 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      I would like to add basic math skills to your list. I teach English as a Foreign Language in a Thai private school and not one of my teaching colleagues is able to solve a problem using a simple proportion. There was even one "teacher" who couldn't figure out percentage problems.

    • Terishere profile image


      7 years ago

      I loved this hub! It put a smile on my face L) Sadly though, there are many adults, who should know better, that could benefit from those classes lol


    • StephanieBCrosby profile image

      Stephanie Bradberry 

      7 years ago from New Jersey

      I love this witty approach to aspects of being human that have gone to the wayside, like manners, ethics, and morals.


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