Should highschool be extended two years?
The economy is getting worse as the years go by. Would extending high school grades to grade 14 help out any? Maybe it could give our kids more maturity to make choices before entering college?
No! There is no way I'm dealing with my teenagers for another 2 years! No, No, NO!!!!!
Unfortunately I fear extending it further would have the opposite effect in that it would serve solely to extend a "childhood vacation".
I guess it comes down to what we think leads to maturity. To me, it is a question of experience and not solely on age. The radical shift in atmosphere, setting, friends and family (that college provides) has a more humbling and dramatic effect that simply time alone.
I don't think we could hang on to them for another 2 years, by age 16 most of them know everything and feel they are ready to take on the world as it is.
I am not sure extending school for another 2 years would truly help matters either... However, I agree with you that kids do need "more maturity" and perhaps the way to help today's teenagers more might be by providing more "real world experiences" for them. I think most teens, (obviously not all, because I certainly wasn't one in this group), are just older versions of kids without any true responsibilities or awareness of the world around them. They may need to learn more outside of the classroom during those final 2 years, instead of adding 2.
Why would it make kids more mature? I'm not seeing it. But, as for the question, no. The cost of education, which has been out of control, would just shoot up a whole bunch more, and I see no reason to think it would improve academic performance by much if any.
There's no particular reason kids should go to college immediately the fall after they graduate. I know, lots of parents think so, but for the most part, there's no compelling reason for it. The question could be answered this way: The economy has nothing to do with it at all, and raising costs will only hurt, so, no for that, and for the second part, school should do far less teaching "community organization" and far more "how to make decisions". Not "what decisions to make" but "how" to make them. It should teach far less "politics as morality" and far more logic and reasoning.
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