A Kentucky school replaced Maths and English with workshops on practical skills to prepare their students for the real world challenges.
We spent hours teaching children calculus, Science and History because we believed that the knowledge of these subjects will take them ahead in life. However, while we expect our children to perform well academically, many often tend to forget that they lack something called as basic life skills. Now, what if there was a class in school that taught you how to cook, change a tire, and even manage your finances! Yes, that is exactly what the students at a high school in Kentucky spent a day learning.
Teens glued to their phones and computer screens are often unaware of the many simple things that were once known to any 18-year-old. Realizing this fact, Bullitt Central High School in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, organized 'Adulting Day'.
The students were given a break from their usual geometry classes to participate in the programme that taught them practical skills they would be required to know as grown-ups. The various skills the teens were taught varied from cooking to basic car maintenance through a series of workshops.
Wanting to ensure that their students were ready to face the real world, the seniors of 2019 batch were offered the unique opportunity to choose 3 out of the 11 workshops. The event organized by Christy Hardin, director of the BCHS Family Resource & Youth Services Center allowed students to one-on-one interaction with the members of the community.
“I think that the idea occurred to me originally, I saw a Facebook post that parents passed around saying they needed a class in high school on taxes, and cooking,” Hardin said. “Our kids can get that, but they have to choose it. And (Wednesday) was a day they could pick and choose pieces they didn’t feel like they had gotten so far," said Christy Hardin to WAVE3News.
Workshops on financial topics like how to use saving accounts to the practical ways of saving money were all introduced to the senior students. The school also allowed the students to interact with members of the army who talked about life in the army and discussed potential careers available in the army. Children also took part in fitness drills which gave them the idea of what to expect in the army.
In addition to how to balance your finances and cook for yourself, the teens were also taught how to react and respond when pulled over by a cop. Officers from the Shepherdsville Police Department were invited to participate and contribute during the workshop. The students spoke to the cops who gave them practical tips to follow in case of an encounter with a police officer.
Proud of its event, the school wrote on its Facebook group that it wanted its students "to gain more knowledge and skills pertaining to their lives once they leave."