A person with an education focused on science, math and engineering has a much greater chance of future economic stability than a person with an education based on psychology, history, literature or cultural studies.
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These are just two videos out of hundreds with similar themes. Science and engineering is in demand! Just thinking about how money is spent, this makes perfect sense. Personally I am willing to spend money on transportation, computers, housing repairs, and technology. All of these things require engineers. In addition, I'm willing to spend money on medical care. After all, if I'm not healthy, I can't do what I want. Therefore, health comes first. Although I certainly purchase my share of books and visit plenty of museums, those things are secondary when it comes to my money.
Reading, writing and math are the most important subjects in our school because I believe they are fundamental skills. We spend 2 to 3 hours each morning focused solely on them. Our afternoons are filled with music, language, physical education, art, crafts, science and history. Although these are all important subjects and none should be skipped, they can be prioritized based on interests and how knowledge of them may impact future success.
This is our third year as participants in a history co-op and the kids and I have learned so much. History has definitely been a top focus of our secondary subjects over the past three years and I wouldn't change that.
Looking forward, our personal focus needs to shift from history towards science. My husband and I both have engineering degrees and I have no doubt my son will some day be an engineer too. Although I'm not so sure about the girls, studying more science will be a good focus for our time. We will continue to study history as we have studied science over the past three years, but our time spent exploring history vs science needs to shift. Time is our primary limiter. Unfortunately there are so many projects to do that there isn't time for everything.
With respect to science, I hope to set-up tinkering lab in the future which would contain items such as:
pile of wood
boxes of nails
PVC pipes and connectors of various sizes
pile of cardboard