I'm not the only one that feels that some classes on "real life" may have been useful, granted my previous post was about cooking, but I think the broader point is that we should be better prepared for real life.
1) On Oprah, Mark Consuelos and Alli Wentworth, while discussing the economy, made that point that maybe a "money" class may be more useful than say, Algebra or Trig.
2) Our economy is in the shitter right now, because far too many people didn't know what they were doing with their money, according to the President of the United States (take it with a grain of salt, but there's evidence to back it up)
My friend Joanne and I suggest that there be a required course, maybe a year or two after graduating from college, where you have to go back and learn about mortgages, insurance, 401K, and all the other adult stuff. It's really hard to care about it until it matters to you, so learning it while you're in school, with no real-life experience probably won't help. But at least some curriculum in school about budgeting, balancing your checkbook, etc. would be a start. I know more than one person who fell prey to the offer of a free t-shirt to apply for a credit card, and years down the road are still trying to dig out.