Should a change be made with core classes?
The average American college tuition in 2016 was $21,902 per year with room and board on top of that.
“Students should take classes in high school that help them excel at their careers even before they leave high school,” sophomore Ross Linville. “I don’t think there is a point for a person going to be an architect to take Chemistry II in high school. They should take classes that make them great workers.”
If students took classes that prepare them for their careers earlier than college, they would be able to land careers sooner.
“Students would have work experience even before they leave high school if they took fewer core classes,” junior Nolan Feller said. “It would create a more successful population and they would not need college as much.”
Other students said that American students need to take core classes as they do now.
“Everyone needs a base education,” senior Autumn Smith said. “By knowing every subject, students’ educations are more three dimensional. If you’re going to pursue a career, you should do it after high school. You should learn a variety of subjects in high school.”
Senior Dylan Rosado wants students to take a variety of classes to understand where they want to begin their careers.
“Kids should take many different classes before college,” Rosado said. “Before college, most students know what they want to do as a career, but once they get there, they change their minds. If they put themselves on a career path too early, they are stuck there, even if they realize they don’t like it anymore. They should take classes to diversify themselves instead of the ones they think they want to take.”
While a change is theoretical, GHS students do have a chance to pursue their careers in high school.
“Right now, I don’t see the state making any change in the amount of core classes,” Mr. Bill Ronke, a GHS student counselor, said. “They have what they want students to take set in place. An alternative, however, is our C9 program. It lets students focus on what they want to grow into as a career, with a variety of programs to help students achieve their career goals.”