by Victoria M. Johnson
A few years ago, Compass Point, an organization specializing in nonprofit leadership skills, took a poll of its website's visitors, asking them to identify what skills they learned in elementary school that they continue to use today, and what features of grade school they wished carried over to adult life. The results were nostalgic:
Of skills most often used in adult life, 50% of respondents said spelling and grammar skills, 28% said learning how to play nice with others, 11% said how to calculate percentages, 6% said how to dodge things coming at you, and 6% said how to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. On which feature of grade school respondents most wished carried over into work life, 59% want recess, 18% want field trips, 6% want bake sales, 6% want slumber parties, 6% liked knowing when their work was finished, and 6% liked the more structured exercises in personal affirmation that took place in school, but that don’t happen in real life.
Field trips and recess—I loved those days. Didn’t you? And I’m surprised only 6% identified ‘like knowing when your work was finished’ as a feature they missed. Today my work seems never to end. Projects just kind of blend into one another to seem like one long project. Only my writing and the grantwriting work I do has a sense of completion. That is unless I have overlapping deadlines.
What about you? What grammar school skills do you use most in your adult life? Which feature of elementary school do you wished carried over to adult work life? Let us know in the comments below.
(Note: I searched the CompassPoint.org site to find the poll, but it is no longer there).
Victoria M. Johnson knew by the time she was ten that she wanted to be a writer. She loves telling stories and she's happiest when creating new characters and new plots. Avalon Books and Montlake Romance published Victoria's fiction debut, The Doctor’s Dilemma. Her other fiction book is a collection of romance short stories titled, The Substitute Bride and a novella, Hot Hawaiian Christmas. She is also the writer and director of four short films and two micro documentaries. Visit Victoria's website at http://VictoriaMJohnson.com for inspiration and tips and find her Amazon author page or connect with her on Pinterest and Twitter.