4.It opens students to personal discovery

“In some respects, yes. In many others, no. Ultimately, our desire is to prepare our students for what is to come in their lives so that they have the knowledge, understanding, as well as critical thinking skills to meet challenges. Secondary education can still very well be a time for personal discovery.  Knowing your own strengths and weaknesses can put you steps above others. Utilizing your strengths to become more skilled at various things is extremely important. Once you learn a skill and hone it, no one can take it from you.” – Wendi Wallace, Technology Literacy, Howell Schools

5.It improves one’s quality of life

“School shouldn’t just be about jobs because life shouldn’t just be about work. Students should be good citizens, lovers of art and music, critical thinkers, intelligent voters, and cautious consumers. There are many life skills schools should focus on that don’t translate directly to the job market but to quality of life outside the workplace.” –  Pam Krepel, Delta High School

“Do we need to help prepare our secondary students for work? Yes. Is that all we should do? Consider this: ‘It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought–that is to be educated.’ -Edith Hamilton, educator and writer.” – Gail Madison, SELCO, Slaton ISD