When I was in school I learned and memorized the Pythagorean Theorem, U.S presidents, and cursive writing. While these details may make me sound intelligent during small talk; they’re completely useless skills.
The majority of U.S schools focus solely on testing rather than vocational learning. Although I had some amazing teachers who taught me so much; much of what they taught was useless for the real world. I never learned to balance a checkbook, address an envelope, or even pay taxes while I was in school. I had to figure out all of this on my own.
The American education system should focus more on vocational learning rather than testing.
For the first three to four years that they are in school, high school students focus solely on tests like the ACT and SAT when they should be focusing on what they want to do with their future.
It wasn’t until college, that I felt like I was being challenged-learning of real world scenarios and preparing for careers. College; however, is not an option for everyone. We shouldn’t have to pay for additional schooling just to learn of real life skills. According to Stephanie Farah of Wintergreen Orchard House, “Both the College Board and the ACT recently reported that, based on the latest SAT and ACT scores, the majority of today’s high school students are not adequately prepared for college-level course work.” Moreover, Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, emphasized that even the students with higher GPAs aren’t prepared for their future. Dr. Hansen states, “The truth is that not all of the smartest kids who have jumped through the hoops required for selective college admissions are ready for the demands of college-level work. It’s time to acknowledge that even top students may have college-readiness problems.”
Instead of focusing on the test results of the youth, I propose we focus on helping prepare the youth for the results of the world.