A High School in Shepherdsville, Kentucky is going viral for putting on an “adulting conference” that has everyone on the internet nodding their heads and saying “preach!”

There have been throngs of students, probably since the first school was ever established, who’ve rolled their eyes over obscure bits of esoteric knowledge that seemingly have no relevance to their everyday lives.

Like history class. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to know about the Louisiana Purchase or the Silver Act of 1873, but boy did we spend a ton of time on those.

While some people have done a terrible job expressing how students aren’t getting the tools they need to succeed “in the real world,” it doesn’t change the fact that high schools rarely teach some very important life skills. Knowledge like how to balance a check book, how interest rates work, the consequences of student loans, how to apply for a car lease, how to interpret and improve your credit score, basic cooking, and car maintenance — all of these skills are necessary to succeed as an adult in the modern world. However, they’re usually foregone so you can read three extra Shakespeare plays in high school.


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