School should teach life skills

School should start to implement ways to teach students life skills.


Adam Syed, Staff Reporter

Buying a car, fixing a tire, managing time, these all sound like simple adult tasks, but do you know how to do them? Do students know how to make a portfolio for a job interview? Probably not, and that is my point. We are lacking basic knowledge about life skills that we will need in the future. 

Math, science, history, and English are all subjects that are important to know, and I’m not saying that we need to stop learning these things, but the idea that I am presenting is that the school should start to implement new topics to teach about our future lives. 

According to a survey with 82 responses, 31% said that they think the school hasn’t prepared them for their future adult life. These students feeling as if they are not prepared is dangerous, and they could make huge mistakes if not taught how to avoid them. 

Freshman Aidan Roberg, one of the 31%, said, “Everything I learned in school is only applicable to other educational things like university or college, but it doesn’t actually prepare me for the real world.” 

I feel that it is the school’s job to guide the students for a prepared future, so in addition to the core subjects, we should add these real world topics. Furthermore, 89% of the students in the survey said that they want to see more life-oriented topics being taught at the school. 

However, it’s not like the school doesn’t have these classes or clubs. They offer classes such as Project Lead The Way and clubs like FBLA, for students interested in engineering and business. We are moving in the right direction by having these clubs available, but we can do better. 

Students at GCHS need to learn these ideas and topics, and they clearly have the open mind to learn these things that will help them in the future. So if the students are open to joining new classes, we should make them more appealing and compile one class for these topics. Instead of having multiple different electives or clubs that cover some different topics, the school could be able to group these ideas by making, for example, a life management class or club available. 

The school could also dedicate a day where speakers come in and teach us about different things, like the real world or mistakes that they made and how to avoid them. Or, on the flip side, they could offer a walk-ins welcome club, where speakers visit and students can pop in the class and listen to the presentation. 

If students are prepared and are ready for the real world and not just college, we can avoid mistakes and make the right choices in our adult lives.