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Do high schools adequately prepare their students for college and adult life?

Many people claim that schools do not teach skills that adequately prepare students for college or jobs when they graduate.
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Suela Omeri

on 9 January 2013

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Do high schools adequately prepare their students for college and adult life? 1. Explaining the problem 2. Examining alternative policies to deal with the problem 3. Public Policy Proposals 4. Action Plan Many people claim that schools do not teach skills that adequately prepare students for college or jobs when they graduate. Naviance: Naviance college and career readiness solutions help connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals, and improve college and career planning.

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Culinary Course-Business Program
(get students ready for jobs) Add new classes: all those unnecessary courses can be replaced by others that will prepare students for the field that they've decided to study for in college.
We researched some of the jobs of the future and created a list of new classes that can be added to our educational system. For this action plan to work we will start a petition and have 150 students that attend Beverly High School sign the petition agreeing with our ideas. Once we get all of the signatures we will address it to the principle and set up an appointment for a meeting.
If the teachers and the principle agree during the meeting, we will try to convince them to get more funding for outreach programs. If it is possible they can add some of the courses that are needed for college preparation. 1. High school and university level education operates in two completely different modes which do not offer an easy transition from one to another. College students are expected to be independently responsible for their education- get to class, pass the exams etc.. While in high school it's completely different and teachers help students a lot by allowing them to retake quizzes, tests and redo homework or hand it in for full credit even days after the assignment was due. All these things definitely help students to keep their grades up but they're also harming the student in the long-run making it more difficult for him to adapt in the independent educational society of a college or university. 2. Another problem is that the courses that high-schools offer are far from a college level class (making it even more difficult for students to transition from high-school to college), and there are too many unnecessary courses that can be eliminated or replaced by new ones that will actually help students to gain new and important skills for the future and prepare them for college and adult life. The branch of government that deals with education is the Federal Executive Branch, specifically the Department of Education (ED).
In a state level, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is responsible for education while in a local level the person who's responsible for the classes that we take and for school rules in general is the principal (he works together with facilitators and respects guidelines). College/
Adult life High School Outreach Programs Advisory
Home health and personal care aid- more classes on nursing


Biomedical Engineer- engineering classes who are focused on creating instruments, devices and software for the medical field


Veterinary Tech- anatomy and physiology classes of the animal body; classes preparing for animal surgery


Physical Therapist Assistant- hand-on classes that prepare students to deal with people just coming out of surgery
Even though solving this problem might sound complicated and it might face many obstacles because of the lack of funding since the government is not giving enough money to the education department, the solution is very easy: what we have to do in order to fix the problem is smooth the transition.


















We can do this in different ways: Modify the grading system: teachers should try to be more strict when it comes to due dates. If an assignment is due a specific date then in order to get full credit the assignment should be turned in that exact day. This might be a little bit frustrating for students but this is how things work in college and we need to get used to it as soon as possible and learn to be responsible and respect deadlines. Eliminate all the unnecessary classes that our school has: our school has many classes that don't teach students any specific skills that are going to be useful for them in the future. These courses also cost a lot of money so we can eliminate these classes and use the money for proposal number 3. Jobs of the future: Dentist- classes about personal oral hygiene, oral diseases, anatomy of the mouth Architectural and Engineering Manager- Construction classes so that students learn about construction and learning how to build blueprints Computer science- computer science and alice where students can learn how to make animated movies, video-games and computer software. Sources: http://www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2012/09/17/high-school-students-need-to-think-not-memorize

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