I think it would be great if it was mandatory for every high school student to take a "life skills" class in order to graduate. Have freshmen take it, or even start as early as middle school, try to impress on them as early as possible to plan for their future. Teach them to balance a checkbook, set a budget, find an apartment, shop, and cook. Give them a job title with a salary and grade them on how well they can live within their budget. When I was in high school, I was not able to take any of the life skills classes that were offered because they were only offered opposite the college prep classes. I gave up my study hall in order to take a basic foods class. It was a real eye opener to see how little my friends knew about cooking. I was the most popular partner in class - since I knew how to cook before taking the class - my partner and I always got an A on the cooking assignments.