Did you know that 97% of low-income students rely on school for internet access, but 40 million students do not have high-speed Internet in school? High schools are not preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel after graduation. Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the 4 core subjects of English, Reading, Math and Science. High school is the last stop before students reach adulthood and are thrust into the real world. Young adults will integrate into the work force and are very important to the future efficiency and productivity of the world.
Schools should be required to teach financial literacy to students throughout high school in order to better prepare them for life outside of SAT scores and standardized test. Nearly 1.3 million high school students don’t graduate on time yearly, and those that do are not prepared to excel in college or in the work force, being as they were not properly prepared to do so. Our school systems and the efficiency of them is very important because it will provide knowledge, the basics for further development, and create better personalities.
Schools are not providing proficient knowledge to the students to get them to the next grade. My thesis is that school systems across the nation need to be required to have financial literacy, credit building, life skills, and how-to adult efficiently. Students should be taught life lessons at an early age and as a part of the academic curriculum they are taught yearly, which is at times repetitive information with no importance after graduating from high school or college.
Helping students develop grit, responsibility, self-discipline, and financial literacy will assist with students being able to make a smooth and successful transition from high school to their colleges and careers. Students should not only be focused on academic success or failure but should also focus on being able to communicate effectively, maintain their autonomy by self-regulating their time, money, work life balance as a result of being taught proper skills and techniques. Being able to critically think needs to be prioritized just as much as academics being as millennials are going to be the new leaders of the world, their competency and intelligence will determine the course and efficiency of our research, healthcare, life expectancy, and technology.
Public education underachievement is not the result of just one single problem but is a collection of influences that undercut the cultural importance of broad-based and equal knowledge and opportunities to students. Rigorous testing, raising the standard of academics, calling for more teacher evaluation and training, and demanding accountability from students will not change the state in which our public education systems are in. Issues with education need to be addressed by starting with the end in mind. Poor parents and low-income families need to be given the resources and support that is needed in order to devote the time and energy necessary to prepare their children for academic success.
Children and families also need to be provided with the chance to be able to develop all of the necessary attitudes and skills for learning, this could be provided by offering families quality child care and pre-school learning. Students often bring their financial and home troubles to school, and that also plays a part in the productivity and retention of what is taught during the school day. Programs or resources that provide economic, social, mental, and family foundation for learning efficiently, low-income parents can better prepare their children for school. This would promote students learning and retaining information, instead of viewing school as just something that they must do in order to get ahead in life and not become a statistic.