Answers to FAQs

How does an English class prepare a student for the real world?
Rob Hutchison, English Teacher

Helping students build skills for a future that is unknown and jobs that probably don’t exist at this time requires a paradigm shift, but also draws upon standards that English courses have always taught. No matter the job, successful people encounter the world with empathy. English helps in this endeavor because we read stories by a variety of authors who are different from us and who probably share different viewpoints than us. Being open to these viewpoints – even when we disagree with them – and understanding why a person holds a particular viewpoint builds empathy. Moreover, communication is a skill that will never go away and is a strong priority in the future. As such, we prepare students to communicate clearly using multiple mediums (essays, videos, podcasts, journals, PowerPoints, etc.).