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It would be great if there was a school that taught every skill that humans possess so  that the students would learn to do simple routines of every kind. A training school for a jack-of-all-trades. For example, everyone needs to know how to ride a bicycle and most people can already do that, but let’s start with the most basic and work through the idea. We could begin with a 15-minute TED-like video lecture about personal vehicles like bicycles, showing short scenes of people walking up to the device, mounting it, getting going, maneuvering simple turns, stopping, resting at the stopped position for a second, and then going for another 10-seconds and coming to a stop, parking the device and stepping away. These short sequences could be done with a two-wheel scooter, a single speed bike, a three-speed bike, a ten-speed bike, showing the simple operation of each of them. And then the same sequence with a small electric bike, a small motorcycle. The student would then go to the starting scooter and do these simple tasks for only two minutes, and then move on to the next device, and the next, and next. Obviously, they don’t gain much skill, but if this is done in a very safe environment and at low speed, there is a familiarity with the device. This first lesson of the day, with two-wheeled transportation, would take about an hour.

The second hour could be devoted to another skill, preferably of a totally different quality, like a foreign language. The goal here is to develop a basic hello sequence in ten languages so the student can go anyplace and say a couple of standard sentences known to him. This isn’t intended to be a conversation, only a friendly greeting and expressing a willingness to communicate. The student would be presented with a standard picture of the country where the language is spoken, with a typical person, and then have a video where the speaker speaks the same sequence of ideas, only in the target language. The foreigner says to the student what he is to repeat, with captions. The student sees his language and soon knows the ideas he is speaking.

A third hour could be another physical skill, say for example carpentry. The sequence is the same, a 15-minute TED talk with videos demonstrating the basic uses of simple tools. How to hold a hammer, set a nail and drive in level into the wood. How to hold a hand saw, place a small board to be cut and sawing it. Nothing fancy, just being exposed to about five tools.

A fourth hour could be an improv class using the same format with a TED talk for a demonstration of what is intended to be taught and learned and then the short sequences of actions being performed by the student in response to the inputs.

Five different lessons in a day might be the max, but this final one could be an easy walk in the local park taking pictures. It would begin with the usual short lecture about what is to be expected, and after fifteen minutes of picture making to come back together and talk about what the students have seen.

The goal is to develop a simple familiarity with some basic life skills using similar and repetitive physical actions.

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