Fortunate students spend about a quarter of their lives in school, studying hard, hoping for a better future. Spending so much time in school, students learn plenty about math and science but not about the school itself. Well, prepare yourself, grasshopper, for a few lessons on school. Here are the 25 Common Things About School You Didn’t Know.
Schools holding children back is ineffective and expensive.
According to several studies, schools holding kids back are doing more harm than good, creating higher costs for the school and making it more difficult for the child to succeed academically.
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Staying in school produces big rewards.
According to the United States census, in 2012, high school graduates that work full time year-round receive, on average, earnings of $41,000 a year. Average earnings only go up the longer a student stays in school.
Why students gave teachers apples
Today, it might seem odd to give a teacher an apple, but in the 19th century, it was common practice. Traditional thinking connected “The Tree of Knowledge” from the Bible as being an apple tree. Since teachers are to be knowledgeable on many subjects, students would give them apples. Students’ families also would give their teachers food as a way to support them as schools back then weren’t funded by the government.
The Great Depression helped boost high schools.
When the Great Depression hit, families had to do everything to get by, pushing more teenagers out of school and into the workforce; however, it only made the job pool more crowded. In an attempt to give more jobs back to adults and keep kids in school, President Roosevelt started a program to get teens back in school by paying them for doing work around campus. In effect, it helped create demand for high schools and gave teens a paycheck and an education that they wouldn’t have otherwise had.
Total money spent on back-to-school shopping
Every August, back-to-school shopping hits parents’ wallets like a hammer. In 2015, parents spent a total of $68 billion dollars on school supplies. And costs and spending don’t show any signs of slowing down. In 2016, total spending on supplies hit $75 billion.