Q: Invent a course that every high school student should have to take. What would it be?
A: Pre-College 101:
This would be taken senior year of high school. Overall, an easy class, just something to really help a student understand what college life entails. Here are some of the topics the course would teach a student:
- Understanding FAFSA and Student Loans
- What majors/minors are available and what can they do for your career path?
- Two year college vs. four year college
- The basics of college credits and what they mean
- Dorming vs. commuting
- What to buy:
- Text Books
- Notebooks, pens
- Understanding and navigating a college website
I think instead of formal testing, the teacher would give out a weekly/bi-weekly survey to see what the student understands, and what they don’t. Once the teacher reviews the survey, he/she can decide if the class is ready to move on as a whole, or if he/she should spend one-on-one time with a student.
When I first started my college career, I was completely lost. A course like this would have been extremely helpful for me. Hell, if I went on a different career path as a teacher, I would teach this course without a doubt. I always found it fun helping out a fellow peer figure out whatever they needed to know about finding the right schools and whatnot.
How about you, reader? What course(s) would you invent or tweak for high schoolers?