[Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
Students of Chandler high school take part in the school's graduation ceremony held, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in Chandler. [Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
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Since the number of credits was recently raised from 20-22 for graduation, with each class counting a fraction of a credit, and four years is enough, as long as you pass everything, and everything you take in your your list of required courses, you'll make it. Now, if you add in things that "should" be learned: finance, family life, child-rearing, sexuality, gun safety, job resume/application/interviews; the students will be in High School 'til they're 21. Maybe that's a good thing, but think about it!
Why would a teen need a credit card? No credit card = No debt...How hard is that to understand?
While I do agree that kids graduating from HS should have some fundamental life finance skills, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that they have got all the rest down pat. Not sure if you want to throw another log on the fire before we are confident that the majority are graduating knowing the basic 3 Rs.
This is nothing new.
In the 1950's and early 1960's before the Left-wing Liberals took over Education in America....almost every High School had a so-called "Senior Problems" Class.You were taught to read an electrical, water and gas bill. Taught to do your Income Taxes and understand Property Taxes. Taught how to register to Vote and for the young men turning 18yo, how to register for Selective Service (still a requirement for every male [legally or illegally living in the United States...by the way]). We were taught how the stock market worked and were given an amount of "play money" to invest. We were taught how to..."write a check", use a phone directory and locate an address on a street, City, County, State and US Map. Some of us who took Geography knew about longitude and latitude and gave a presentation to the class for extra credit.
What does our modern-day student know how to do.....as Prince Harry said after completing his Helicopter Duty tour in Afghanistan......."USE MY THUMBS".....[sad]
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