A library in North Bend, Oregon, is offering crash courses catered to people between 16 and 22 who haven't had much practical experience in budgeting, basic automobile maintenance or cohabitation with people they're not related to.
It's called "Adulting 101", and it's geared toward Millennials who "can't even" figure out how to do things like shop for groceries or cook. Such courses are cropping up all across the country, these days:
"Learn some of the skills you will need when you leave your parents' home," the library's course description reads. "Can I make a grilled cheese sandwich with an iron? Can I get a job? Where do I begin? How do I manage my money? How do I shop for food?"
Wow. Just wow. Where have their parents been on all of this?
From an early age, when our daughter wanted to buy something, our first question to her was "How much money do you have? Let's see."
We took her with us when we went grocery shopping, and she learned how to comparison-shop. She also has basic cooking skills, and so would never try to make a grilled cheese sandwich with an iron. And she's quite good at baking - she just made some great gingerbread cookies last night.
Back when I was in junior high school, we had classes in civics, home economics, and shop. They don't have such classes any more. Evidently, administrators are afraid that some kid might actually learn something useful. We knew that, so we took it upon ourselves to provide her with some basic skill-sets.