How the Future Looks From High School
by Bill Hayes
The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. In one recent debate, the experts were high school seniors. The topic: How the Future Looks From High School.
This is a stressful stretch for high school seniors, who, to judge by the stories at the top of most-e-mailed lists, are taking the SATs, racing to file early-decision and financial-aid applications and sweating to earn the last AP grades that matter. But others feel different pressures, having tough conversations with their parents about working after graduation to afford community college, or joining the military.
How does the future look to a high school senior?
We checked in with 15 of them, at four American high schools. These public schools are not intended to be statistically representative, but they are also not random: they are the high schools from which the editors of Room for Debate graduated. We hope readers, from high school seniors to senior citizens, will respond in comments: What are the pressures on students at your high school? What are 18-year-olds in your hometown expecting from their careers? [more]