8 September, 2011  |   8 Comments

Human curriculum

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What continues to elude me is why, (oh why) we humans have to re-learn it all from scratch?

Is this different for amoebae?
Is this a situation that pine trees and baby deer have too?
Wherefore art my evolving instincts?

We humans just seem to spend an awful lot of time figuring out management, prioritization and how to love in in the way most evolutionarily goofy.

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In the interest of saving my two precious vessels some time, I propose a human curriculum.
(Listen, I’m for public schools all the way, but these are skills they just won’t learn there. God knows I didn’t.)

This syllabus was developed through all my trial and error.
(Geez, all the time I wasted, when we humans had already learned a bushel of best practices.)

Helen Jane’s Syllabus of Life Skills

  • Energy management
    • Protecting your own energy
    • The “tells” of energy suckers
    • Using your influence for good
    • Good shame/bad shame
  • Basic body maintenance
    • Sleep
    • Exercise
    • Food
    • Teeth
    • Addictions and vices (and the difference between)
  • Healing when someone doesn’t love you.
    • Moving on
    • Finding internal value instead of external value
    • People: Reason, Season or Life
  • Circles and their application thereof
  • Resilience
    • Lack of resources
    • Cruelty
    • Unfairness
  • Societal norms, choosing yours
  • Gratefulness 101
  • The impact of currency and finances on your life
    • Using money for good
    • Financial hygiene
  • Storytelling
    • Verbal storytelling
    • Written storytelling
    • Secrets
    • Telling your story in the face of pain, boredom and danger

Also this.

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Which “homeschooling” courses would have brought you from faun to buck?
What would have saved you time?

8 thoughts on “Human curriculum

  1. 1

    I think your curriculum is pretty perfect. A basic cooking class wouldn’t hurt, I suppose.

  2. 2
    Helen Jane says:

    True that, I made a time-consuming effort to learn on my own. (Seems it could stop a whole lot of mess down the road.)

  3. 3
    Amy says:

    Assholery: Not Taking Things Personally
    Keeping Your Mouth Shut (when to, when not to)
    The Art Of The Nude Bra
    Emotionally Unavailable Men: Just Say NO

  4. 4
    Helen Jane says:

    Amy, I believe “Not Taking Things Personally” is THE number one trait that separates successful adults from unsuccessful adults.

    Brilliant (as usual).

  5. 5
    Kristina says:

    So where do I sign up for this?
    I’m still waiting for someone to teach me where to find the world’s most comfortable, not too expensive, go-with-everything-in-my-closet shoes. Extra credit assignment?

  6. 6
    Judy says:

    You make your mom proud. Got a chance for some peace and quiet with them at the cottage

  7. 7
    sugarleg says:


    would add some coursework to either Energy Management or Healing When Someone Doesn’t Love You:

    Miss-Out Syndrome, Why It Is Not Real

    thanks Helen Jane, I think you are good professor.

  8. 8
    Erica Lucci says:

    Appearance 101 – the way you dress tells people something about you.

    The course I still want to take: Girlfriends – how to find & keep them as an adult

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