Life skills instruction needed in curriculum
I have been in school for the past 12 years and nowama legal adult, but I don’t know anything about actually being an adult. I know how to find inverse trig ratios when asked, but I don’t know how to boostmycredit score, pay taxes or protect myself from identity theft. What I do know, I’ve learned frommy parents and not school.
Life skills aren’t a universal graduation requirement in Virginia, so how wouldwe know these things? Some high schools require an economics and personal finance class, but the skills needed are more than just a class. As I think about leaving the nest in a fewmonths, I realize I have no clue what I’m doing. If high school is gettingmeready for college, will college getme ready for the real world?
Surveys have shown that employers perceive high school as having toomuch of an emphasis on subject matter rather than soft skills. Employers want a greater focus on selfmanagement skills like time management and emotional intelligence. Having more responsible young adults helps society as awhole. Weneed tomake life skills education a universal requirement to help everyone. SYDNEY BREARLEY.