Today’s teens are busy learning technology and foreign languages at school, but some of them aren’t learning the everyday life skills they’ll need when they leave home. So a school in Kentucky offers an “adulting day” to teach skills like how to pay bills or change a tire to students in their senior year.
The class of 2019 at Bullitt Central High School in Shepherdsville recently had the chance to trade a day of literature and algebra classes for a day of learning positive life skills. Members of the community came in and taught the lessons, including a police officer who explained how to interact with officers during traffic stops, a speaker who told them how to tell the difference between being homesick and depressed, and others who talked about how to use credit cards, how to cook in a dorm room, and how to change a tire.
Many people applauded the idea and said these things should be taught in every school, while others wonder what ever happened to home economics classes that teach some of these same skills. But the thing is, in a lot of school districts those classes are still offered as electives now called Family and Consumer Sciences and teach cooking, sewing, and budgeting basics, but as electives, if students don’t sign up for the class, they don’t get the chance to learn those skills. So maybe more schools should consider the “adulting day” so graduates learn the things they’ll really need to know in the real world.