As I finish up my cutting and trimming, I’ll begin another clean-up pass. I swear these typos pop up like dandelions.
Speaking of finishing up, we’re nearing the end of another schoolyear. The seniors are getting ready to graduate, and then putter off to the rest of their lives. Some of them are headed to college, others to trade schools, and others straight into the workforce. By now, most of the scholarship opportunities have passed, and just about everyone knows where they are going and how they’re going to get there. However, I do like to take the last two weeks or so of my seniors’ time to take a break from English stuff (it’s hard enough to get their interest at the best of times on a text, and the last two weeks are basically impossible for that), and instead, we focus on “life skills” that they may or may not have been exposed to in their high school curriculum: monthly budgeting, housing research, tax preparation, and resume building.
I get to talk to them about debt and health insurance and utility bills; I get to help them do online research on housing prices and rent rates; I get to explain tax brackets; and I get to help them make themselves look as good as possible on paper for the day when they have to submit themselves for scrutiny by an apathetic employer. So my students never get to have the excuse of complaining about school that they “never learned anything useful.” That’s not true anyway – the skills learned in core classes are necessary no matter where you’re going – but now it’s painfully untrue, and we can all quit complaining about not seeing the use of what we learned in school!
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-J. E. Ayers
Jeff Ayers writes books that are pretty good.