Adulting is hard — which is why this school is stepping up to help students do it
A high school in Kentucky put aside algebra and science for the day, instead opting to teach their students an important life lesson — adulting. Can they get a hallelujah and an amen?
Teachers and staff members decided to treat seniors at Bullitt Central High School in Shepardsville, Kentucky to a day filled with All Of The Things they get to look forward to upon graduation. You know — shit like laundry, taxes, cooking, and changing a tire. The fun stuff.
And since it takes a village, “Adulting Day” was hosted by community members with the sole purpose of teaching students the practical skills they’ll need in the real world, Fox-affiliated WBRC reports.
Seniors were allowed to choose topics they didn’t feel they had a good grasp on, like “dorm-room cooking, changing a tire, credit cards, and financing,” organized especially for them, said Christy Hardin, director of the BCHS Family Resource & Youth Services Center.
“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.”
Sure, our kids will graduate knowing how to write a paper on the Spanish Inquisition or list the branches of the government, but do they know the basics of being a contributing member of society?
Some may say, “they should be learning all this at home,” and of course our kids learn some of it, but you’re assuming every parent has every skill mastered (and every kid listens to their parents). Having experts come in to explain the basics of critical things they may need (and not having it explained by a parent) is pretty genius.
It’s not to say kids don’t need the fundamentals of a solid education to prepare them for college, trade, and the working world — of course they do. But sometimes we (teachers, parents, etc) forget once we send them off to live on their own, they may not have the confidence to try some of the more basic parts of life on their own.
We all know college kids can live off ramen and that “personal finances” might just mean working more hours when their card is declined at the bar, but having a more proactive approach to their preparedness is still a great idea.