By Joshua Bannon
Eagle Editorial Board
Many students have the wrong attitude about the technology classes offered by the school.
They look to their experience in the Computer Applications class and scoff, thinking that surely they did not need to take that class; they are of a technologically savvy generation, therefore they already know everything there is to know about the Microsoft Office products, and must be light years ahead of everyone above the age of twenty.
They believe that surely the endless array of knowledge and life experience accrued while typing one-page reports and creating Powerpoints in middle school has provided them with everything they need to succeed in the professional business world.
They are wrong.
While it is indeed true that basic skill sets have been developed by the time students reach high-school, many of them do not know how to utilize the advanced features of those programs.
Tasks in Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. that professionals in the business world carry out every day are made relatively easy and painless in these programs, yet are tasks that many students do not know how to perform themselves.
When you go into a career, chances are that your use of technology will not be limited to typing one-page reports and preparing science project presentations.
In Microsoft Excel alone, a program with which even many of these young technological prodigies of our age are largely unfamiliar with outside of putting letters and numbers inside of all those little boxes, there are countless procedures used to maximize efficiency.
While some may like to think that the professional business and law careers that they are going to pursue will require nothing more than selling products like they are straight out of Mad Men, the reality is that much of the work they put out will be done using the Microsoft Office suite of products.
For those who are totally ignorant to the process of actually getting a job, that is the reason why employers specifically ask you on their applications what kind of computer programs you are proficient with, or why they require a resume listing what kind of qualifications you have.
However, I believe that the main reason students quickly become bored with Computer Applications is due to the fact that the class can be incredibly mundane.
The textbook requires little to no creativity, imagination or any kind of thought process really from students as they carry out the various assignments in each chapter, and almost encourages students to immediately become bored with the class.
However, while the class has room for improvement, that makes it no different from any other, and does not detract from its overall necessity.
So, no, the technology courses should not be made optional so that you lazy bums can take two more photography classes because you feel like they interest you more, and will therefore help with your career.