This class teaches high school seniors how to 'adult.' Should more schools add it?

Posted at 8:20 AM, Nov 05, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — In just eight months, high school seniors across the country will graduate.

And then, "adulting." For many, it is a foreign concept. But some schools in the Tampa Bay area getting the students ready.

Jessica Raia-Long teaches Family and Consumer Sciences Essentials, otherwise known as Senior Survival, at Hillsborough High School.

"This is actually my favorite class of the day." student Aaliyah Jackson said. "It teaches me about life."

The class teaches life skills. Students learn things like how to sew a button to cooking a homemade meal.

Twenty years ago, Florida required a class similar to this to graduate. Now, only a handful of schools teach it.

"In school, you don't learn how to write checks and cursive or anything. In this class we do," senior Colin Kilgannon said. "I didn't learn how to write my signature until she showed us cursive."

This story was originally published by Deiah Riley on WFTS in Tampa, Florida.