Can I just give a huge KUDDOS to this school? Every. Single. School. should do this!!
Yukon High School in Oklahoma recently held their annual ‘Reality Check’ event where kids were given quite the reality check and given tasks to see what it’s like to be an adult.
Freshman students are assigned a random annual income before traveling to booths like housing, clothing, insurance, and child care to make virtual payments from their budget.
Holy moly this is genius!!
I cannot even being to tell you that I wish this was something I was taught at a young age and is something we are teaching our kids now at home because it’s so important!
This school believes it’s important too and is doing what they can to prepare students for the real world.
They posted on Facebook saying:
Although they must visit every booth, they are empowered to make their own personal decisions. One ninth grader reflected, “I got $35,000 which I thought was really good, but now I’m down to $20 and still have bills…I may have gone a little crazy with the nice truck.” Once they’ve paid their bills, the students who have money leftover receive a KitKat, while those with $0 left in their bank account receive a Zero bar.
This is an opportunity for the students to gain a deeper understanding of how their parents live on a day-to-day basis. It really puts things in perspective and gives them some real world experience and therefore, a better idea of what to expect in the future” said YHS teacher, Darryl Andrews.
I cannot express how much I love this. I truly believe we need to make classes like this mandatory in every school and I am so happy to see a school doing this!