By now, we’ve grown accustomed to calls for more career and technical education in high school.
The reason for these calls is twofold. First, not everyone will go to college, so giving students an introduction to other career alternatives gives them life purpose and direction. Second, practical life skills like woodworking and welding are fast disappearing from society. Students who know how to perform them on their own will have a decided advantage and independence over those who do not.
But incorporating basic life skills into the high school curriculum benefits students beyond these two basic reasons, as one school in Eureka, Missouri is discovering.
According to the Hechinger Report, Eureka High School has made house building the central feature of one of its geometry classes. Students do their homework and then head to their tiny house project to put the principles they’ve learned into practice.