What Should Schools Really Teach Us?

What Should Schools Really Teach Us?

Aiden Kelley

You always hear the classic “you’ll need this in the real world” from your teachers, but do you actually? Last I checked, not everybody needs to know how to find the true meaning of a poem or memorize essentially useless math formulas. The United States educating system is pretty flawed, to say the least.

Many people say that school, high school in particular, didn’t prepare them for college or life after. One thing that I always remember from my eight grade math teacher was the repetitive “your teachers won’t be there to help you,” which couldn’t be any farther from being incorrect. High school teachers, at least the ones here, are more than willing to help their students with anything they could be struggling with.

With this, though, it’s not uncommon to hear high school teachers say things along the lines of “college professors won’t be there to help you.” Now, I’m no college student or anything, but from what I’ve read about other people’s college experiences, their professors were happy to help them with subject material. You just need to put in the work with asking for help.

An example of what school doesn’t really teach us is how to communicate. By that I mean how to communicate with adults, or future employers, not other students your age.

Learning how to communicate with other people isn’t something taught in schools. Yes, I understand you can take classes like speech to help, but nothing is required by the Department of Education to make sure kids have simple, yet necessary skills. It doesn’t help that not every school is lucky enough to have the opportunities offered at LHS.

Learning how communicate is something that we need, regardless of how much technology is invented. Technology is the biggest reason I think it’s more important now than ever for people to learn simple communication skills. With all kinds of new advances in tech, people are relying more on messages through a screen instead of talking face to face.

Lots will argue that school should teach us the things that we’re learning now, while parents should teach us life skills. What we learn and how we learn it should be nothing less of a joint effort between school and parents.

“I’m scared for adult life. There are so many little things we were never taught that I feel will turn out even more important than the things we spend weeks learning,” said Paige Turcotte.

Think about this. What could you be learning to help you achieve your dream future instead of what we spend our time learning?