Beyond the Classroom Learning Lessons for Life in High School

The Real World Class

School provides the foundational skills needed to transition students into the real world; but what high school doesn’t require are classes that can be directly translated into immediate life. The problem is that classes such as home economics, culinary arts and driver’s education are not required. Without the proper preparation, the gradual independence of teenagers could result in disaster. I would recommend a mandatory class which incorporates all the necessities of life that aren’t taught in school. The real world class would provide the necessary skills to train teenagers to be successful adults.
In life, sometimes the small things are taken for granted. The saying, “it takes pebbles to make a stone” describes how important the fundamentals are. Financial and stress management, how to keep up your mortgage, and balancing a checkbook are a few of the components that would make up the quarterly curriculum during the student’s junior year in high school. Requiring this class would ensure the success of young adults in their personal and financial endeavors.
Often the lessons of life are left solely to the parents, but with this class, parents and teenagers can interact on a more intimate level because the common knowledge of life would be shared between family members, creating a positive environment. The parents can also become more active in their children’s lives by quizzing them on the information they learned in class, qualifying all parents as at home tutors. In addition, parents would be invited to attend some sessions with the students. As for the less fortunate students who don’t have active role models in their lives, the class would help them develop some essential life skills.
The curriculum could be divided into math, English, interactive and current events. For the math portion students will learn how to calculate interest on their savings account, and the basics of money management. Money is definitely an important factor in the real world and if a student has the benefit of being taught at an early age, our economy could be even more prosperous. For English, business vernacular would be one of the primary focuses. Students would learn how to communicate as professionals. The interactive portion is when the students would be able to apply the skills they had learned throughout the years and simulate their ability to function as thriving young adults. Current studies would help students gain more knowledgeable about the events of today’s society and politics. The students would be encouraged to learn about their government, while seeking to make improvements in the government with the democratic process.
The objective for the class is to prepare the students for a successful journey into the real world, and to help the trial and error process of life be more substantive. This would allow for a smoother transition from young adult to adulthood, taking a big step to create a better tomorrow for us all.