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High School Hosts ‘Adulting Day’

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I don't completely hate this, but I kind of don't love it either.


https://www.healthnutnews.com/high-school-hosts-adulting-day-to-teach-students-how-to-cook-clean-and-change-a-tire/

High School Hosts ‘Adulting Day’ To Teach Students How To Cook, Clean, And Change A Tire
Posted by Erin Elizabeth | Feb 6, 2020


College-Ready and Life-Ready
It’s not uncommon to end up in your mid-20s and wonder why you’re missing everyday skills and how you got there. As helpful as Google and YouTube are, it would be nice to enter adulthood knowing how to set a budget, wash your delicates, and boil an egg without having to look it up. One high school is remedying this for their students with an “Adulting Day”.

Lumpkin County High School in Georgia wants to teach its students life skills before they actually need them. Principal Billy Kirk believes that it’s important to teach both academics and practical skills to prepare students for graduation.

“We’re trying to teach kids real-life examples. So when they graduate, not only are they college-ready, but they’re life-ready,” Kirk told WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta.

‘Adulting Day’ at High School
And students were appreciative of the opportunity to learn these skills. Senior Grace Wikle is an accomplished student who is arguably college-ready. She has taken three Advanced Placement courses, for which students can earn college credit, as well as five classes at the local college.

But when it comes to a skill like changing a tire, Wikle said that she wouldn’t have known what to do before her school’s Adulting Day. If she had gotten a flat tire on the way to school, she would have had to call someone to come help her.

“[I’d] call somebody else, call my parents, whoever is on the side of the road. I was not prepared before today,” Wikle told WSB-TV.

Part of Principal Kirk’s motivation for hosting Adulting Day is that his own kids also needed to learn the skills to be independent adults. “I have two boys who go to this school. [They are] 18 and 17. I’m embarrassed to say if my kids got stuck in the rain today with a flat tire, they probably wouldn’t know how to fix it,” Principal Kirk said.

On Adulting Day, Kirk invited professionals to teach the students a variety of skills, from performing CPR to cooking chicken. The professionals included cooks, plumbers, electricians, and mechanics.

Students acknowledged that they have resources like YouTube where they can look up how to perform these tasks. But they believed that it was more effective for them to learn the skills hands-on from a professional during Adulting Day.

Who Should Teach ‘Adulting’ Skills?
It might seem extreme for the school to take an entire day to teach basic skills to its students. And it raises the question of who is responsible for teaching kids how to change a tire and iron a shirt.

Some might say that parents should be the ones showing their children how to do these things. And it might be ideal for students to learn “adulting” skills from their parents. But not all families have the time and space to teach them. And many high school students are overbooked with academics, sports, and extracurricular activities.

No matter who you think should be stepping up to the plate, it seems that Lumpkin County High School’s Adulting Day was a success. Its students will graduate prepared to take on the world. And if there’s something they don’t know how to do, they can always consult YouTube.
 

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Somewhere along the line, there were some parenting fails. I still remember my first tax return: Dad, How do I do this? He said "The book and forms are at the library, let me know when you finish and I'll check it if you want" Luckily it was a 1040EZ :D
 

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I think back in our day they would have called this class Home Economics. It was always geared toward the girls. The guys had wood, and metal shop. All taught practical skills. I agree they should be learning a lot of this at home, but that begs the question: What teenager listens to their parents? Can we quote Mark Twain: " When I was 18 my father was the dumbest person I had ever met. By the time I was 22 it was amazing how much my father had learned."

I don't mind seeing educational funds spent on practical skills. It is probably money much better spent than on a lot of the tripe they teach now.
 

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@dademoss I experienced much the same - only found the forms at the PO.
@Morgan101 It wouldn't be so bad if they realized that it was being paid for (by someone other than themselves.) Call AAA or tire service on your cel. ph. that parents are paying for to have tire changed at parents expense. Go out to eat and pay with money earned by someone else or go home to a place that they don't pay for etc. By the time I was in HS, I bought my own car, worked after school, weekends, & summers, payed my own gas etc. My parent "let" me be on their insurance as long as I got B or better in school. I cooked for the family, did laundry, cleaned, bought my own clothes etc. since I was 12 and began earning my own money. How many 12 year olds today can cook for the family or do the laundry?
(I'm not saying everything I made was good, but we ate.)
 

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@dademoss I experienced much the same - only found the forms at the PO.
@Morgan101 It wouldn't be so bad if they realized that it was being paid for (by someone other than themselves.) Call AAA or tire service on your cel. ph. that parents are paying for to have tire changed at parents expense. Go out to eat and pay with money earned by someone else or go home to a place that they don't pay for etc. By the time I was in HS, I bought my own car, worked after school, weekends, & summers, payed my own gas etc. My parent "let" me be on their insurance as long as I got B or better in school. I cooked for the family, did laundry, cleaned, bought my own clothes etc. since I was 12 and began earning my own money. How many 12 year olds today can cook for the family or do the laundry?
(I'm not saying everything I made was good, but we ate.)
LadyL: I didn't do nearly as much as you did, but I too have been working since I was 14 years old. Worked Summers to pay for my High School tuition. Always had to work to earn my own spending money. Paper route. Yard work. Anything that would pay me a buck. Parents never "gave" me anything. If you wanted it you worked and saved to buy it. Don't misunderstand. I had a very normal, comfortable, middle class life. My Dad had a good job, and we were comfortable. My parents were Depression children. They were very frugal and managed their money well, and taught us how to manage money. If you wanted something you worked and saved to buy it. Nobody gave you anything. I worked through High School and College. Felt I was pretty well prepared to enter the work force, which IMHO is important. I learned early on some very basic things: Be there on time. Do what you are told correctly and in a timely manner. Dress accordingly if that is part of the rules. Lots of basics that seem to be lost on this generation. I was blessed with very good parents. You can't say that about a lot of kids in today's world.
 

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But now the kids have smart phones.
Grandson was frisked in his bio class (freshman HS) because he didn't drop his smart phone in the box at the start of class. Teacher didn't believe him when he said he didn't have a phone.
We need a class to teach young adults how to cook with basic ingredients. Flour was donated at our local food bank, and no one was taking it. I guess they don't know what to do with it.
 

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