October 02, 2002
Some of my students thought that school was of no value to them so I decided we, as a class, would see what life would be like if they dropped out of school then and there. We searched the Want Ads for a job that they could realistically obtain with whatever skills they had at the moment. Then we figured out the monthly salary. We created a monthly budget of things they would have to pay for each month because their parents might not let them live at home anymore if they quit school. Using the newspapers, they had to find an apartment, figure out a food budget, buy a car, and price auto insurance. When they realized what life could really be like for someone with no education or skills, some of their attitudes toward school changed.