The new victims share a commendable will to assist, but fail to reason and “weigh” the circumstances.
Where does one learn not to gather in a group on thin ice? Where does one learn to lie down in order to distribute the weight load to complete a successful rescue?
Evidently school is not the answer. These adults, with all of their required physics, chemistry, algebra, and literature courses behind them, exhibit little understanding of the basic principles of coping with thin ice.
Spend a moment and watch one of the fail videos on YouTube. Entertaining as it may be to some, it points out a missing required course in our schools - Common Sense.
These fools, as some undoubtedly must be, are willing to risk everything for the sake of a camera pointed in their direction.
When the first rains come, watch drivers race down the road, tailgating the cars ahead, at and above the speed limit. One would think it is sunny day on a desert highway. Skidding, hydroplaning, and loss of control appear to be no concern of theirs.
The point is simply that we need to do a better job of helping students recognize how to cope with the dangers which are a part of each day. They should have the ability to apply the physics, chemistry, and mathematics concepts they have learned to their daily lives. Reasoning skills need emphasis.
Maybe this used to be a subject taught at home. But today in this crowded world with more and more chances of dangerous encounters, Common Sense should be a required course in school curriculum.
Yes, youth and testosterone will always be a challenging combination. But Common Sense courses, emphasizing how to consider and apply knowledge learned in school and in life, will provide our offspring with the wisdom for a better chance of survival – for all of us.
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