I have often felt that it may not diminish the education that schools offer if they give more time to life skills - practical things such as cooking, child care, budgeting and using money. Academic learning has long been given pride of place in what we understand a good education to be, but there are other views out there! Anyway, that is why at ISK we take seriously our learning in PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education). Their current unit of work is all about money and how to use it. I which I'd had a bit more practical help with that when I was their age - but that's another story!