The School of Life

What They Forgot To Teach You At School

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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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    The girl between the booksheleveshas quoted3 months ago
    Our boredom is a vital tool. It is telling us what is slowly killing us – and reminding us that time is short.
    The girl between the booksheleveshas quoted3 months ago
    First and foremost, a school worldview inspires a belief that those in authority know what they are doing and that one’s task is to obey.
    The girl between the booksheleveshas quoted3 months ago
    simultaneously never to believe too blindly or too passively in the long-term validity of everything we’re asked to study
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