Houston Matters

When is Too Soon to Start Thinking About Your Child’s Career?

We discuss how students and their parents are handling requirements set out in an education law (House Bill 5) passed back in 2013. The bill stipulates, among other things, that eighth graders choose one of five areas of study, which will affect the courses they take in high school: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), […]

We discuss how students and their parents are handling requirements set out in an education law (House Bill 5) passed back in 2013.

The bill stipulates, among other things, that eighth graders choose one of five areas of study, which will affect the courses they take in high school: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), business and industry, public service, the arts and humanities, or multidisciplinary studies.

This has led to some anxiety for students and parents alike, as — whether intended or not — it presses 14-year-olds to, in essence, contemplate their career track.

We consider whether 14 is too young an age to realistically assess the kind of career you’ll want, as we talk with Dr. Susan Landry, founder and director of the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth.

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