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Preparing Students for the Future

Should we change how we teach to help students be better prepared for the future? Some high schools have programs like Junior Achievement that help prepare students for paying bills and doing their taxes, but these programs aren’t available in all schools. Many higher education schools don’t have home economics either. Enrollment of students in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classes has declined 38% in the past 10 years. States like New Jersey and Connecticut has the smallest percent of students in FCSS classes with 1% to less than 1% of high school students enrolled.

Why should we care? If the point of a teacher is to make sure students learn to be better prepared for the future, shouldn’t we also push teaching them real-life matters like cooking, home/car repair, credit, manners, and many other subjects? Without these thresholds, many students end up being unprepared when they go off to college. If they don’t know how to handle money or get good credit, how will they ever be able to buy future homes or get loans from banks?

As the country is developing and changing through the years, we need to change and develop our schools better as well. The subjects we teach in school prepare students for future jobs and to be able to get further in college, but they don’t prepare students to be able to live successful lives if they don’t want to pursue college. Even out of college, some students don’t even know how to get a job because they’ve never had to apply or had to practice an interview.

We don’t want our future generation to not be able to be self-sufficient, do we? There are always ads and slogans talking about teaching our future generations, but then why do we not prepare them for the “real-world?”

Author: Educational Activist ( Ema Nekaf)

Resources

Sparks, Jessica. “Wanted: More Home Economics.” WSJ, Wsj.com, 25 June 2014, http://blogs.wsj.com/numbers/wanted-more-home-economics-1462/.

“20 Life Skills Not Taught in School.” Successful Student, http://successfulstudent.org/20-life-skills-not-taught-in-school/?nabw=0&utm_referrer=https%3a%2f%2fwww.google.com%2f