Time keeps passing by and more and more
adolescents are progressing to adulthood without being properly prepared. This is to say
they are not ready for life past high school. According to a survey featured in a New York Times
article, 4 out of 5 high school dropouts wish they had more opportunity to do
real-world learning within the classroom. Furthermore in two opinion polls
featured on Debate.org, 79 percent of participants said that high
school does not prepare students for adult life and 80 percent of
participants said that high school does not prepare students for the workforce.
In fact, a national survey from The Missing Piece reported that 86 percent of school
teachers believed it was important for students to learn skills that applied to
real-world situations. No. I don’t know how to balance a checkbook. I don’t even really know what a mortgage is. I don’t know how someone pays rent.
I don’t even know what a landlord does. I don’t know anything about that. Definitely not. I feel like I don’t know enough yet about the real world. Like paying bills, how to buy cars.
Things that they don’t teach us in school. We don’t know how to do.
I know I don’t know how to do these. That’s severely gonna cripple people in the future,
when they do go out into the real world. When you talk about the real world, no. I think that we don’t give them enough courses that offer them a chance to learn about banking, investing, and how to save for an apartment and shop for
groceries and live on a budget. And maybe cook for themselves and clean and do laundry.
The basic necessities that we need to do. So, no. I don’t think we really do a good job of that. So what is the solution? Bring back home economics. Home economics is a class that teaches you
real-world skills. These skills include: Finances — knowing how to deal with money,
knowing how to invest and save. Nutrition — knowing how to shop for the
right foods as well as cook them. Textiles — knowing how to do your
laundry and repair clothing. And social interactions — like knowing how to raise
a child and make relationships with other people. And it doesn’t stop there. California Education Code Sections 52485—
52486 states that, “…it is in the best interests of the people of the state of California that a
comprehensive home economics careers and technology program be created and
maintained by the public school system to include instruction in consumer home economics education, which prepares individuals for effective personal life management and to be a member of a well-functioning family, and instruction in home economics related occupations education, in order to ensure both an adequate supply of trained and skilled individuals…” “…although this article does not create any new mandates, school districts and county offices of education are strongly advised to follow the guidelines set forth in this article.” In other words, it is strongly encouraged to provide a home economics class within the public school system in order to prepare students for life beyond high school. Yeah, I would. I would like to learn how to
cook and sew and things like that. Probably. It would give that experience to maybe go out into the real world and be ready for it. This PSA has been brought to you by Marissa Dell, Aiyanna Joan Veras, and Wendy Li. Special thanks to Adrian Garcia, Sidney Lee,
Christian Sanchez, and Robert Saucido. Music: “Flaws” – Bastille
(Instrumental by mR12)