Back to basics: universities now offer ‘adulting’ classes

Conner Wright is carrying a demanding course load in his final year as an English major at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s studying Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Jacobs – and how to do laundry without turning his underwear pink, one of the basic life coping skills taught in a class on ‘adulting’, writes Hannah Fry for the Los Angeles Times.

He’s one of thousands of ‘adults in training’ across the country. Adulting classes for college students and postgrads have swelled in popularity in recent years, in part because many high schools have abandoned ‘life skills’ courses such as home economics, which were created to help students navigate the path to adulthood.

Why didn’t their parents teach them these skills? Because, according to many of the students, their parents emphasised academic achievement to the exclusion of almost everything else. As a result, universities are filled with students who aced their AP physics test but have no idea how to cook pasta without turning it into mush.
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