Is High School Preparing You For Success In The Real World?

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Another in our Whaddya Think series, where we ask students for their opinions…

Interviews and photographs by Bonnie Croft


Is High School Preparing You for Success?

Bobby, 17: No. Being in high school is not realistic enough. There should be guest speakers who have real-life experience to tell us what to expect when we graduate. Courses like drama and phys ed are a waste of taxpayers’ money.
Colleen, 17: No. I haven’t been taught things like economics, managing my money, etc. I think there should classes or seminars to help us out if we have questions about what’s really going on in the real world.
Ali, 16: Yes. Each course in school teaches you different things depending on what you would like to do as a career. I think that these courses are a stepping-stone to a higher education.
Frances, 18: No. I think there should be more teachers who have worked in the real world instead of coming straight from university because they haven’t experienced life. I think that cutting the curriculum back by a year was a bad idea because I don’t feel that I will be fully prepared when I leave school.
Ruby, 15: Yes. But, if I were to make any changes to the way things are done I would make the classes a lot smaller so that the students could get the attention that they require in order to work to their full potential.
Rose-Mary, 17: Not really, because they teach you some things that you won’t need to use in the real world, which to me is a waste of time. If I were to make any changes I would take out the courses that won’t benefit us towards our future career goals.
Steve, 18: The one thing that I have been taught in high school is that it prepares you for the politics of business and life in general. The OACs got treated a lot better than the grade 9s by the teachers because the more time you spend in a workplace, the more respect you will gain from people.
Charlotte, 16: Yes. Careers class helped me a lot. Some people may disagree but as long as you keep up with your work it will benefit you in the end. I think more of the courses should be taught with a “hands on” approach as opposed to being taught by the textbook so much. Courses such as co-op will definitely help me to get the experience I need for later on.
Josh, 14: Yes. The classes in high school offer a variety of choices. I think that they’re doing a good job.

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