During the Listening Tour we heard a lot about the importance of learning how to do the day to day activities that you are responsible for once you become an adult.
One 17 year old told us that schools should “run programs that teach young people about how to do ‘adulty’ things”. Some young people wanted “better political education” or a better understanding of “Australian Culture” as they felt it would help you succeed as an adult.
We heard that learning how to do your tax return, how to get a bank account, apply for a lease on a house and how to vote were some of the ‘adulty things’ that young people wanted to be taught. A lot of young people felt it was not something they could learn enough about at home and that it was important to have this knowledge before leaving school.
Some young people felt that learning ‘adulty things’ was more important and would assist them more in the future than some of the subjects they were currently studying at school. For those young people who had already experienced the transition into adulthood, the felt they would have benefited from knowing these things prior.
So where does learning ‘adulty things’ best fit, at school, at home, or somewhere else? How do we best support young people in learning about some of the most necessary every day processes to ensure they have equal access to active citizenship? These are just some of the questions we have been left with after these conversations.