We have all heard a teacher or administrator say, “We are here to prepare you for your future,” but is that completely true? If you are not pursuing a career in science, what is the importance of you learning about the covalent bonds of atoms? It often seems as if we are learning about irrelevant topics. There are real world necessities that we should learn about, which would help with solving real-world problems.
Starting with the class of 2015, the financial literacy course will become mandatory for every student. “Personal Financial Literacy is designed to teach students the basics of how to manage their financial lives after they leave home and head into the working world or college,” according to Seth Pettit, one of the financial literacy teachers at La Plata High School. “We spend a lot of time talking about needs vs. wants,” Pettit explains.
Adding this mandatory course is definitely a step in the right direction for future students. Teaching real world knowledge within school is more beneficial to students than learning about fields they are not interested in pursuing.
Common core classes still hold a strong importance in education, but having real-world knowledge intermingled with these are essential. Knowing about covalent bonds or who Karl Marx is, is not going to help students right out of high school function a bank account or rent an apartment.
The education system is taking the right steps to ensure students learn more about life after high school. “I personally think this is an excellent course that gives students real world-life lessons. Basically what they are learning is what most adults had to learn the hard way,” Pettit said.
The current students are going to be the future. High school students need to understand the basics of becoming young adults and holding real-world responsibilities on their own.