Many families mistakenly believe that the most important thing about high school is getting good grades—so students can “get into a good college when they graduate.”
What is the most important thing about high school?
In my work as an academic strategist, I’ve found that the most important thing about high school is forging the academic tools necessary for the college or vocational training that comes afterward.
I told one underperforming student this: “Imagine college as a place where you have to pound nails into boards, one after another, as fast as you can. Bam! Bam! Bam bam bam! High school is the place where you create your hammer. If your hammer’s put together sloppily out of string and glue and spitballs, you’ll find it difficult and exhausting and painful to pound nails in college.”
Can students “get good grades” and still miss it?
Too many high school students have figured out how to game the high school system enough to get decent grades while still not learning important skills, such as 1) putting away electronics and listening carefully in class, 2) taking thorough, complete handwritten notes, 3) seeking help when confused, and 4) using a calendar or a to-do list to make certain that assignments and test studying are done thoroughly and on time.
Acquiring, polishing, refining, and solidifying these skills is the most important thing about high school. Might good grades naturally result from this kind of behavior? Yes. But the grades aren’t the point.
Does your child need help with this?
If you’re currently parenting a student who’s not yet learned how to focus intently, concentrate deeply, and achieve academically in middle school or high school, see the free help I provide for that here and here.
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Remember, there’s no part of parenting more important than setting your kid up for successful college and career life.
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And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.
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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?
Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, author, speaker, and podcast host. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report, and on CBS News.