Does school prepare you for "real life"?

Right now there is a great debate on how well American schools prepare students for the modern global economy. Are we teaching enough math and science? Can students read and write well enough to succeed in the international job market? How do we improve graduation rates?

And that’s all well and good. But for the next episode of In The Loop, we want to explore another angle on the issue, namely: How well are schools preparing kids for real life — and the rough-and-tumble world of human relationships?  The things we learn — consciously and subconsciously — in our school years will affect how we relate to the world around us.  Do schools do a good job of teaching us what the real world is like?  Or do they give us a set of social skills that aren’t much use outside the school walls?
You can share your experiences by clicking here or just comment below.

You could think of it this way: Schools are traditionally places of bells and rules and authority.  Does this:
a) minimize distraction, to keep the focus on learning and study?
b) stifle the development of free-thinking, happy adults?
c) prepare people all too well for a life in corporate America?
d) All of the above?

Another school year is drawing to a close. In The Loop wants to hear your stories and experiences about how you or your children have been shaped by our system of schooling. We have put a few questions on our web site to help get you started. Feel free to respond as creatively as you want. Tell us a story, write us a poem, send us a song, write a multiple choice test. Unlike in school, there are no wrong answers!! We hope to use your experiences and submissions for our upcoming show, so let’s start the conversation!


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