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High school does not teach students real life skills

Madi Wheeler, Online Editor

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Ever since we were little kids, many students couldn’t wait to grow up. From a young age, some of us knew what we wanted to do and many of us just wanted to get out into the “real world”. Now that we are in high school, growing up seems scary. We know how to measure density and how to write an essay in MLA format, which is all great, but when it comes to trying to balance my checkbook or do taxes, that is out of most students learning range.

Classes such as CADD, business classes and publications courses are all great classes for preparing students for a specific career, however FHS does not offer classes that prepare students for the things that will come as a surprise to many young adults, such as doing taxes and paying bills.

According to a survey released in 2012, 86 percent of 16 to 18 year olds would like to learn about money management in the classroom so that they can avoid financial mistakes when it comes to having to do them for real. While it is understandable that many people believe that these things should be taught by a parent or guardian of the teen rather than the school, the reality that these things are actually taught by a parent is pretty slim. While it is the hope that parents would teach their children these things, that reality is not always true.

With schedules changing for the 2018-2019 school year, it may be more difficult to add in a class that would teach such things like balancing a checkbook, doing taxes, or even paying bills. Perhaps these life skills could be incorporated into a math class or even Economy. An entire elective is not necessarily needed for a student to learn these, however if during one class, the first 10 to 15 minutes was spent teaching those life skills, it would benefit many students.

The opinion that high school prepares us for the real world, is true in a sense that it prepares us for a career, however it doesn’t prepare us for knowing how to do real life skills. Many students believe that high schools should be incorporating these skills into their teaching to help better students and prepare them for the “real world”.

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