Not all courses are wasteful

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 12:04 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Re "Many classes are a waste" (Letters, April 8): Letter writer Doye Sivils thinks job-oriented high school students need not take wasteful college prep courses.

Which courses should be eliminated? The math that would help students prepare a bill or compute their hours? Physics, with its study of friction and electrical fields? Chemistry, with an awareness of poisons and pollutants? The English that would help them write a coherent proposal or report? Maybe the civics courses that teach students about our three branches of government and help them vote as informed citizens, continuing the work our nation has done recently of electing such competent representatives.

I benefited from my shop classes in high school. They still save me money. But education should create knowledgeable citizens who know more than just their jobs. How many auto mechanics 20 years ago knew computers?

-- Peter Hays, Sacramento

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