Tech credit should be students’ choice, not mandatory


By Spencer Krumholz
Eagle Staff

I remember sitting in Computer Applications sophomore year wondering why I was taking the class. I had never been more uninterested and indifferent to any other subject.

I knew that I could be spending that time more productively somewhere else.

My experience in that class led me to believe that the requirement of two technology credits to graduate is a useless, time-consuming and meaningless effort to educate generations of students on things that they have grown up using.

Students who have no interest in the subject are forced to decide on an extremely boring and overtly easy list of technology electives.

It is unnecessary to require students to take a technology class because they have begun their education in the technology age.

We have learned since the beginning of our school careers how to use Microsoft Office.

We know how to expertly use the Internet, perhaps better than most adults. Whether or not a student knows how to select text without clicking or how to bold text with key combinations is insignificant.

Our future bosses are not going to judge us on how well we can get by without using our mouse.

The problem with this academic program is that they are required, rather than suggested or recommended.

The Technology Department offers six classes which a student may sign up for: Computer Applications, MS Office Applications, Web Design and Management, Visual Basic and Advanced Java Programming I and II.

These classes uniquely integrate the complexities of using Office or the Internet with the daily functions of student life.

The knowledge we receive through these programs enable us to get school projects and papers done quickly and with ease.

By removing these classes from the required courses list, the student has the chance to take advantage of a unique opportunity.

The classes can be beneficial, both in school work and a future career choice. But, students should only take the technology classes if they are interested.

There is nothing worse than spending an entire semester doing work focused on something you do not enjoy.

The administration and counseling office should take into consideration the usefulness behind giving the student a sort of real life decision.

Each course students take furthers their career opportunities.

By taking a technology, writing or art course, a student can focus in on what he enjoys the most. A technology credit should not be forced down our throats.

Rather, we should be given the choice to decide for ourselves whether or not we want to take technology classes.

This way, the benefits are there for the students who want them, but students who do not want to take these classes do not have to waste their time.