The Career Tech department at the school put the students through their paces with “Reality Check” — simulated paychecks and credit cards and how they choose to manage their money.
Students had to face the facts of payroll taxes, rents, car payments, grocery bills and child care expenses — the facts of life that find too many people unprepared to make and stay on a sustainable budget.
It was a wake-up call for some, who realized that some sort of college degree or career training beyond high school might be just the ticket to keep them out of crippling debt in the future.
Nothing is obvious to the uninformed, and while these might seem like common-sense situations that everyone must face, it’s easier for young people to simply not think about them, often until they are behind the eight ball in their finances.
It’s an especially good lesson at ASD, where many of the students live on campus and have limited contact with their parents during the school year, but it’s something every school might consider. Some parents do a good job of teaching their children about living on a budget, some don’t, and some might need to have a “Reality Check” of their own.
We commend ASD for giving these life skills needed attention.