by Rebecca Stussman ‘12
This past Monday, I met with my counselor, as the administration advised all juniors to do, and was informed that I am in danger of not graduating. My grades are fine, my service hours complete, my HSAs passed, so what was the problem? After taking some of the most rigorous math, science and literature courses offered, I faced failure due to lack of a technology credit. Now, I support technology education. Our lives, our jobs, our classes are becoming more and more heavily intertwined with new, innovative machinery, and technological skills will certainly help any high school graduate have more appeal as a job candidate. But technology instruction offered at Sherwood does not promote the technical fluency that will allow students to flourish in careers. Technology courses available at Sherwood are few and unchallenging. Sherwood offers only three courses to students as a way to achieve their technology credit: Designing Technology Solutions, Foundations to Technology and Introduction to Engineering Design, none of which are offered in honors or AP. Other, more rigorous courses, such as Software Applications and AP Computer Programming, are not accepted as tech credits, though these courses could help students’ careers and contribute to a more impressive course load. Technology education has the potential to be extremely powerful, but we need variety and rigor. We need the freedom to select our classes based on our individual needs, strengths and interests.