Bear Grylls: I missed out on real-life skills as a child

ITV News reports that adventurer Bear Grylls may be able to take on any practical challenge now, but he has admitted that he struggled as a child due to a lack of real-life skills and confidence.

The Eton-educated TV presenter has called on schools to offer more classes offering hands-on subjects ranging from keeping fit, healthy eating to starting businesses.

“I wasn’t very good at school, and I struggled a lot with confidence,” he told a global skills conference in Dubai.

“There’s stuff I wish people had taught me.

“I don’t know whether you agree with this or not, but I wish they had taught me how to keep fit, how to eat healthy food, how to lead a team, how to communicate with people.

“I wouldn’t have minded even a bit of entrepreneurial stuff, or citizenship, all of this sort of stuff, a bit of tax, a bit of legal.”

Grylls said that he saw many of the problems he had encountered repeated with his own children.

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  1. Maybe Bear should ask his parents why they didn’t bother with this sort of stuff? And if he sees the same thing happening with his own children, why doesn’t he make up the shortfall? Why are parents so desperate to offload their entire responsibility to school?

    • It isn’t entirely the responsibility of any school to teach this sort of stuff but it can’t hurt to put some of these subjects on the school curriculum. Subjects like budgeting or politics could be taught as early as primary school. Some parents may not have the life skills necessary to teach their children how to manage their own money or save or prioritise bills. Some parents may have no interest in politics and thus no interest in voting. Schools can step in to educate children how important it is to learn about politics, as it affects every area of our lives.It’s not burdening schools with more work. It’s helping parents to help their children.

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