Many People Skeptical of School Preparing You for "Real World"
Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on August 22, 2014 @ 6:21PM
Created on August 22, 2014 @ 5:50PM
So many of us have spent years and years in school. Whether it's high school, college, grad school, or beyond, there are many of us who have spent many years, and even decades, as full-time students.
But school and the real world are very different. So just how much does your education actually prepare you for life in the work force?
A lot of people would say that school doesn't do a good job preparing students for life in the real world. In fact, nearly 90% said no in a poll on the popular debate forum debate.org.
But what's so different about school and work? After all, in both instances we're trying to accomplish something. The practical answer is that school allows us to spread our wings, but not too far. We can push limits and boundaries and test different ideas and social constructs to see what works. Then, once we're polished adults, we're able to utilize what we know in the "real world."
So where is the disconnect between these ideas? Well, for one, when you don't do well in school usually your teachers and counselors will care enough to call meetings and find ways to get you on the right path. At work, if you're not working out, you're probably going to lose your job pretty quickly.
"There's a difference between making a mistake, which everybody does in every profession, and not knowing what your responsibilities are," says Matt Farago, President of Pittsburgh's Champs Sports Network. "If you don't know coming in what you're responsibilities are, which you assume that college and the other levels of education would teach you, then we're going to have a problem."
It certainly seems different. If I talk during a math test at school, someone tells me to be quiet. if we get information wrong during a newscast, we have angry viewers and an angry general manager and someone will be held accountable. People we spoke to had varying opinions on how school helps prepare students for life after academia.
"They barely can read and write," says Clarksburg resident Star Watson when asked about student success. "They have no way of getting a right education if they're not taught the right way."
"I think school does a good job and it does prepare you for later years," said Sardis resident Guillermina Clutter. "I have five boys and they all did good in school and they're doing good in life."
The consequences are much different for making mistakes at work then they are at school. So now let's hear from you. Do you think our teachers, schools, and even our parents are doing a good job of getting our children ready for jobs in the real world? Let us know on the 5 News Facebook page.
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