The Poverty Of High Schools

1498 Words Apr 17th, 2016 6 Pages
It could be up to the teachers to save the country from an economic downturn
The Unprepared Youth Each year, high schools across America send students out into the world without the skills they need to succeed. Admittedly, students learn the basic academics to move onto the next level, but the basic skills required in life are being put aside and forgotten. Today, high achieving seniors graduate understanding how to find the definite integral of a function and preform electrophoresis, but they do not know everyday skills like how to file their taxes. In order to succeed in the real world, high schools need to equip students with tools for everyday life. The numerous tools students need includes knowing how to become financially stable. “In 2013, approximately 10.9 million school-age children 5 to 17 years old were in families living in poverty” (“Children Living in Poverty”). When brought up in an environment surrounded by poverty, children possess a higher likelihood of staying in it. Schools must teach these children how to overcome financial adversities and manage their money. If their parents cannot understand how to financially make it, who is responsible for teaching them? They must look to their teachers because they possess their only hope to advance in the world. It’s up to the schools to teach these underprivileged kids the financial basics. With the gap between the rich and the poor increasing with no sign of stopping, America is obligated to narrow it.…
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