High School Preparing Us For Life

Jacqueline Payan, Reporter

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The real world can be a scary place and I think that in high school we should be taught more about living life rather than keeping our heads in a textbook.

Growing up can be stressful, especially when you’re a senior. So many of us are oblivious to the world around us and are more familiar with textbooks and math equations.

Teenagers can barely make it out of bed at 7 a.m., so I really don’t understand how school expects all students to make decisions like what they want to do after high school.

We are told what classes we need to take every year and how many credits we need. Then suddenly, we are expected to know what we want out of life.

In high school, we are taught facts from in old textbooks and equations we need to memorize for the year. The goal is to graduate and go to college, but not all students do.

I think school should provide classes where they teach students how to speak publicly or how to handle a professional interview or how to do taxes.

Even those who do pursue high education can end up being unemployed, so having school teach us other skills we can apply to life outside of school would be useful.

Schools should teach us communication skills rather than filling the days with “you’ll need to know this for the test,” “if you fail this you could fail my class” and “this project is worth a lot of points,” so after high school we can have a formal conversation with our colleagues in our jobs.

High schools should help us grow as individuals and help us find our passions rather than making us find infinitive verbs in a sentence for four years.

High school can be a really good experience and I think helping teens grow up in classes they want to take like journalism class, would help them be confident moving around the world and more than just school smart.