The classes that we are taking in high school during our junior and senior year help us to learn new things, but are they really preparing us for what life is going to be like during and after college? I don’t think so. In fact, none of the classes I have taken my junior year or this year have been helpful towards preparing me for life after school, primarily because no “good to know!” classes are offered at Country day.
My first step in this process was coming up with a list of all the classes and courses that we take senior and junior year in high school. By creating the list of classes I was then able to go through them with some of my classmates and talk about which ones are helpful and which ones are necessary for learning purposes but not helpful in the way of preparing us for college and life after college. I sent them a survey and asked for them to select a percentage of how helpful they think that these classes are. Here are the percentages that they selected:
After getting all of my classmates’ thoughts on which classes are the most helpful, I then took the data to two of my teachers. They were then able to go through the list of our current classes with me and help decide which ones would be the easiest to drop and then also give me insight as to which classes actually helped them adjust after high school.
The first teacher that I talked to was my Art 400 teacher. When told me some classes that she took her senior year of high school that were super helpful to her during and after college. The classes she was referring to were general life practicality classes like: home-ec, budgeting, tax classes, and other classes that teach you how to do simple life tasks. After talking to her it helped me start to create a list of classes that would be useful and more beneficial for us highschool students instead of classes like history and english language.
I also talked to my AP Environmental Science teacher, who was also able to talk to me and inform me of classes that she took in high school that were extremely beneficial during college. They were pretty much the same classes that Ms. Mulzer took, but that helped me realize how helpful those classes must have been.
Overall, I have come to realize that most of the classes that we take junior and senior year aren’t teaching us anything to prepare us for college and life after we graduate college. Through this process I have come up with a list of classes that I think would be extremely beneficial for us to take before heading off to college. Let me know what you guys think!!
I would say that my topic would have to fit into the Quality Education Global Goal because the classes that you take during your high school years are some of the most important classes that you are going to need before going off to college. Though most of the classes that are provided aren’t helpful and beneficial to us seniors preparing to be sent off to live on our own with no parents, they can be upgraded into courses that would be more useful.
Don’t get me wrong… but the classes that we take in high school are not as helpful and beneficial as they should be, and that’s why the quality of our education should be maximized into these classes that I have come up with in order to prepare us for what is to come in the future.