High School Kids Today Really Are Working Much Harder Than Earlier Generations

Today’s high schools students are taking harder classes and taking more of them than previous generations.

The National centre for Education Statistics studied high school transcripts from 2009 and found high school seniors were taking an average of 27.2 credits, a jump from the 23.6 credits high schoolers were taking in 1990.

The report also found that more students were taking harder classes in 2009 than they were in previous years. In 2009, 13% of students were taking a rigorous course schedule. But in 1990, only 5% of students were taking the same level of classes.

High school is harder presumably because college is more competitive than ever, as is the job market.

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Photo: National centre for Education Statistics

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