Is high school useful in your future?

Staff Writer: Lani Yun

So here’s the million-dollar question, is there actually any use in what high school teaches you? In short, the answer would have to be no. Sure, you learn some social skills and how to find the area of a polygon or even discover how many people it takes to fill a bus before you decide you want to throw yourself out a window. But in all honesty, what can you actually take from school and apply to your everyday life? And while the reply is usually something that would have to do with your job, most of these career choices that are given to us are completely unrealistic in the mind of a 16-year-old. For example, I once questioned why I needed to know every country on every continent and my answer was “it would be impressive if you could name all of them to your friends or maybe you’ll get a job as a world geographer.” But let’s be real, a geographer is about as far as from what I want to do with my life as I can get and quite frankly spouting out the countries of the world doesn’t sound very admirable, rather annoying.

Of course, I have taken into consideration that I sound like every other teenager with my “high school is lame and I don’t need to go” nonsense, therefore I asked a couple other students from Woodstock to prove my point. Quoting Jeremiah Boyce, a junior at Woodstock high school, he told me “Academically, I’ve learned pretty much all I need to know, basic math, how to write, etc. But elective wise, I guess graphic design is pretty interesting, it’d be cool to make a career out of it.” And he’s right, why do we need to know geometry and how to find the value of x? Will we actually make use of knowing all the elements on the periodic table?

Quite frankly, I would rather school teach us things that young minds like ours need to know when we graduate. Such as how to do taxes, ship boxes to people in another state, fill out a resume or prepare for an interview, maybe even set up a bank account. Now don’t get me wrong, learning another language and joining social activities like the soccer team or drama club is great, but half the time students don’t get that luxury because they’re so overwhelmed with school work. Not to mention the endless amount of time we spend doing homework, in fact most students in high school have said that their average amount of sleep time has severely decreased since they started their freshman year.

In conclusion, I feel that our schools should really focus more on life skills for the benefit of their students rather than stressing tests and things we won’t need in our everyday lives.

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Stressed student, courtesy of Creative Commons

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