Back in high school, I missed only one day in all of my 4 years. It was because my father was a teacher at my high school and we lived one block away. My parents, especially my father taught me to be accountable for being in school and on time day in and day out. I tell my students this about me and they look at me with sympathy. "That must have been terrible Mr. H." is all I hear. I then tell them how I got my first three jobs in college because of an impeccable attendance record in high school.
As a business teacher, I can tell you which students have the grit, tenacity, and courage to try and problem solve. I see the students who communicate well, have positive attitudes and are team players who are adaptable to change. The students who lack in those skills, are the ones I work on the most. That is essentially my job as a business educator in secondary education level.
I have worked with many business leaders and they always ask me how I can work with unmotivated students. Many employers have told me they can't find candidates who are confident enough to make their own decisions. Employers are concerned that many college graduates have no passion about making things happen within their organization. Employees who are self starters and will get things done even without being asked are always in high demand.
As a high school teacher, I can tell you right now which students have the guts to try. Many high school students have those skills business owners are looking for. The problem is, most of them are not the best when it comes to AP tests and ACT scores. They will have great attendance and a solid GPA though. If you are a business owner and are looking for a future hire...look at your local high school teachers. We will tell you the real deal with who has the skills you are looking for even before they go to college. You will not be disappointed in who we suggest!