Do Schools Prepare Students for Adult Life?

Schools provide students with some valuable life skills, including responsibility, discipline, social skills, etc. These factors are important to the human’s growth out of high school.

Although the principal values are taught in high school, most of the efficient and needed skills aren’t taught by teachers at schools.

The skills learned in high school depend on the student, and whether they challenge themselves with courses that relate to what they want to do after high school. Having full schedules based on the students’ future profession is what prepares them for the real world. Students should push towards schedules that correlate what they what to study in college.

By the time they reach their senior year students have different personal views of what success and preparedness means to them. Many things taught in high school can correlate to life as an adult, for example, showing up for school/work, turning in work and paying bills at a certain date, all show responsibility. Schools do teach responsibility and discipline, although they have a focus almost entirely on academic fields.

Even though the work depends on the students, teachers also play a large role in education. Teachers’ job is to base classes and testing on their curriculum, not show the vital procedures for adult life. Simple knowledge such as, incoming taxes, mortgages work, money management, how and why there is a need of insurance isn’t typically taught in class.

High schools prepare students for college and some professions, but when it comes to showing  real-world situations, there are many challenges students are not prepared for.

While high school does teach students some essential skills and values, under the current curriculum many important skills are skipped over simply because they aren’t part of academic learning. But there’s more to life than academics. Students should be taught more of the skills they’ll be expected to know as adults.