Is college worth it? I use this product every year with my 8th grade students near the end of the year when they are about to embark on their journey to high school. Many of them are on the fence about school or simply don't see the value in their education. Their eyes are opened pretty quick when they see how much money they are giving up by not pursuing an education, or worse, by choosing to drop out of high school.
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This resource includes an option for you to have students look at the numbers from 2012 or from 2018. This activity has students doing math that directly applies to their future to decide for themselves - Is College Worth It? Students will calculate how much money, according the Department of Labor, a person makes at varying levels of education.
The 2012 Data Has More Categories:
-Not Graduating High School
-High School Graduate
-Some College - No Degree
*The Department of Labor combined Some College and Associate Degree in their 2018 data as well as Master's Degree, Doctorate, and Professional Degree into a category called "Advanced Degree."
For each level, students will find out the average lifetime income, the hourly rate, and the difference of income based on the different levels of education for American males and females.
This activity has always worked well for me in encouraging students to do their best in school -- their financial future depends on it!
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