For all the naysayers who speak against the value of further education, it appears that having post-secondary actually does pay off. See this graphic.
For me, education is more than just the money you can make with your degree (I did study English and Social Sciences, after all), and I also find I have more options at my fingertips because of my degree.
A friend of mine shared this lesson idea with me, and I think it’s just fantastic, especially if you have students in your class who are inclined to doubt the value of a having a high school education/diploma…
In my friend’s class (which is in a NYC public high school), she showed her students the following chart, which indicates the median weekly earnings as well as unemployment rates in the U.S. in 2012, broken down by education degrees earned:
She discussed and interpreted the chart with her students and asked them to identify patterns. Then, she had her students create a monthly budget based on the average income of an individual who has less than a high school diploma. They used this chart to create their budgets:
Needless to say, the kids quickly saw something wrong with this picture. “This isn’t enough money to live on!” many began to exclaim…
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