Monday, June 6, 2016

High School Does Not Prepare Students for the Real World by Gabrielle Seunagal

As a recent high school graduate, I can personally attest to the fact that the majority of high school classes do next to nothing when it comes to preparing students for the real world.

Classes such as: physiology, acting, calculus, trigonometry, and choir are utterly ridiculous. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in those fields should take those classes, but they should not be required courses.

Instead of teaching about the Pythagorean Theorem and y=mx+b (which the vast majority of students will never use beyond high school classrooms), instructors should teach about financing and how to put together a budget. These are crucial life skills that every successful individual needs to thrive in the modern world. According to a survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers believe that less than one-third of students are ready for the real world. This is abysmal and it speaks volumes as to how the majority of instructors are paid to teach information that is of little to no value.

However, there are some worthwhile courses that are taught in schools. Government is an example of one. It is highly important for students to know about government, laws, the Constitution, etc. This class grants young people the knowledge of how the world works, of systems, and of laws. From my own experience, my 12th grade government class was the most informative. I learned so much and I was deeply passionate about it.

The horrific education system all goes back to common core which should be abolished immediately. Common core dictates what students should learn, which is a nightmare. Each student is different. Students learn different ways and at different paces and should be taught accordingly. As long as common core is in place, students will never thrive or reach their full potential.

I hope the education system improves very soon. I hope students are taught meaningful and necessary skills such as budgeting, teamwork, time management, and decision-making. When the education system is repaired, young people will be equipped for the world in which we live.

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