For Businesses

Santoro Education Lifeskills Foundation


Surveys from businesses* regarding the top skills they look for in their new hires and expect to see from their current employees include some or all of the 12 important personal life skills listed here:


Willingness to listen and learn


Positive attitude


Critical thinking/problem-solving ability




Work ethic



People may have great academic skills and knowledge, but they can also be terrible employees because they lack emotional intelligence! Surprisingly, many employers rank these “soft” skills higher than the “hard” skills learned through formal post-secondary education. Academic skills are important, but, in many cases, are not as highly sought after by employers as good personal life skills are. These skills are teachable, and the earlier and more often they are taught, the better the students’ lives will become. These skills fall into the following four categories: knowing me; managing me; understanding others; and relating to others.

Society has decided that formal education is important in order that everyone learns academic subjects like reading, writing and arithmetic; but what makes personal life skills any less important?

We believe that personal life skills are as important as academics and are teachable, and that it should be the role of the schools to teach these skills as a stand-alone subject, just as academic subjects are taught.

All parents want their children to do well in school, get good jobs and have healthy, happy relationships. Sadly, too many people don’t learn the personal life skills at school or from their parents that make success in these areas possible.

Employers want their employees to have these skills, and parents want their children to get and keep good jobs -- so why are IMPORTANT PERSONAL LIFE SKILLS not being taught in all our schools? Is it not in everyone’s best interest to teach IMPORTANT PERSONAL LIFE SKILLS as a stand-alone subject?

If you agree that important personal life skills should be taught in schools, please click below to acknowledge your agreement, and provide your email address. We would love to be able to prove to legislators that this is vitally important to parents, to their children and to their future employers.

Please also go back to our home page and take a look at the chart for some samples of common problems that can be avoided if people had these important personal life skills.

If you are a business owner or manager, please click HERE for a business declaration that we’d love for you to review and sign, and then email to us. Your acknowledgment and feedback will help us bring greater attention to this urgent need to mandate teaching important personal life skills as part of our children’s school curriculum. This will ultimately help you to have the workforce you want and deserve.