Success in an academic or vocational field will continue to be a requirement for most employment.*
- Academics are critical and build job-specific skills. For example, Mathematics builds the base for a career in Accounting.*
- Students who enter college with deficient skills take longer, must pay for remedial courses, may not graduate, and at least have to postpone their ability to earn a salary. And most jobs will require education beyond high school.*
- Demanding academic course work rewires the brain so it can learn more and even think more deeply.**
- As jobs become more demanding, and all adults will need to be life-long learners of challenging subject matter.**
There is no escaping the need to learn demanding academic material. Colleges demand academic learning at specified levels. Most high paying jobs require education after high school. Failure to learn appropriate material in high school will result in the need to take remedial courses, which are as expensive as regular college courses but don’t count toward graduation. That will result in more time in college, will increase costs dramatically, and postpone the individual’s entrance into the workforce and payment of student loans.
But perhaps more importantly, challenging courses build the brain like exercise builds the body. Like a physical muscle, the brain gets stronger the more you use it. The brain is a “pattern-seeking device.” When the neurons in your brain are activated in a particular pattern, it’s faster and easier for your brain to follow that same pattern in the future. This means when you use your brain to complete a task, the brain “remembers” the task, so next time it becomes a little easier. The time after that, it’s even easier, and so on. The bottom line is that our brains aren’t static. Through repeated practice and continual challenges, we can build pathways that make our brains stronger and smarter.**
*Multiple credible sources available online.