After a 30-year career teaching marketing, entrepreneurship, fashion marketing, work-based-learning, etc., in high schools, Beth Verscharen Carey ’83 has written L.I.F.E. (Learning Information for Everyday): Challenge Your Teen’s Basic Knowledge, and it is now available to the public. This three-part book series targets adults (parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators, homeschoolers, community organizations, church teen groups, etc.) who want to ensure their teen(s) have the knowledge and skills to enter the next phase of their lives—adulthood. Utilizing this book will build teen confidence and help him/her avoid professional and social faux pas on a daily basis.
Beth realized that although schools are working hard teaching the core subjects, teenagers are graduating with gaps in some basic “life” skills. And numerous adults today are not aware of what teens don't know!
While teenagers have electronic communication and social media skills that are beyond the comprehension of many adults, they may be lacking in fundamental life skills that the older generation takes for granted. False assumptions about our teens’ human interaction abilities and real world survival skills can leave them embarrassed or overwhelmed when facing challenges on their own. Beth believes we can “check/test” their life comprehension knowledge by simply talking with our teenagers and asking them the questions in her book.
Questions like, “What is 8:32 p.m. in military time?” “What is the difference between a group number and ID number on a medical insurance card?” “What is a chamber of commerce?” “Can you create an outline in correct format?” and, “Who is the vice president of the United States?” A 24-year-old admitted to Beth that she missed 30 percent of the questions and was grateful that the answers were provided.
She also wants adults to challenge teens to perform tasks needed before they leave home to check for mastery. Tasks like patching a hole in drywall, changing a tire, navigating public transportation, doing laundry, and cooking, to name a few. She invites you to Challenge Your Teen's Basic Knowledge in Book 1, in which topics include warm-up, home life, community, general government, and study habits. Look forward to Book 2 and 3, which cover social skills and independence readiness.
Readers will find the conversational text easy to read and benefit from the Truth and Consequence sections illustrating relevance of each topic. The Story sections are true, insightful, and provide ongoing humor, while Let It Go suggests one less thing to fight about with teenagers.
Beth received an undergraduate degree in marketing education from IUP and master’s degree from Georgia State University in vocational leadership. She taught high school in various states during her 30-year tenure and was awarded Georgia Marketing Teacher of the Year in 2006 and voted by her peers to receive Teacher of the Year at Sequoyah High School in 2011. Her students earned multiple awards on the regional, state, and international level of competition through their involvement in the Association of Marketing Students (DECA), under her leadership. Her ability to use a dose of daily humor and love while setting high expectations and limits in the classroom allowed teens to thrive. Her focus was giving teenagers understanding and real-life problem-solving skills related to the world, and she now is sharing her knowledge with everyone through her book(s).
L.I.F.E. (Learning Information for Everyday): Challenge Your Teen’s Basic Knowledge is currently available through Trail Ahead Publishing, and both the paperback and ebook versions are for sale through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and select brick and mortar stores.
Beth would love to hear your thoughts after reading the book. She is also available for speaking engagements and can help you with quantity orders for your group. Learn more on the
Learning Information for Everyday website or
Facebook page and join her quest to ensure that the teens you know are prepared for L.I.F.E.