What They Forgot To Teach You At School
Essential emotional lessons needed to thrive
by The School of Life
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 5 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 22 Mar 2021
Duckworth Books, The School of Life
A collection of the essential emotional lessons we need in order to thrive.
We probably went to school for what felt like a very long time. We probably took care with our homework. Along the way we surely learnt intriguing things about equations, the erosion of glaciers, the history of the Founding Fathers, and the tenses of foreign languages.
But why, despite all the lessons we sat through, were we never taught the really important things that dominate and trouble our lives: who to start a relationship with, how to trust people, how to understand one’s psyche, how to move on from sorrow or betrayal, and how to cope with anxiety and shame?
The School of Life is an organization dedicated to teaching a range of emotional lessons that we need in order to lead fulfilled and happy lives – and that schools routinely forget to teach us. This book is a collection of our most essential lessons, delivered with directness and humanity, covering topics from love to career, childhood trauma to loneliness. To read this book is to be invited to lead kinder, richer, and more authentic lives – and to complete an education we began but still badly need to finish. This is homework to help us make the most of the rest of our lives.
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Average rating from 19 members
This is a well thought out and well written exploration of the real life lessons that perhaps we don't get taught as children. Given what is being thrown at us at the moment, I found it really helpful to take a step back and think about things that actually matter to me and might help with clarity in dealing with stuff! I am an Alain de Botton fan and can hear notes of other School of Life videos and books in this. I would describe it as a great way to learn about what The School of Life teaches and would recommend. Thank you.
This book had an interesting premise - kind of “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.” with all the things we aren't told at 7 (or indeed at any time during school age) and why not being taught certain things is a problem. I found the tone a little dark but then I like dark so it wasn't a problem for me. The author has an engaging style and I fairly raced through the book. I don't feel it broke much new ground but it did present a present understanding of our common psychological failures in an entertaining way.