As I reach the home stretch toward graduation, I realize how
poor a job high school did preparing me for the future. After
graduation, I plan on attending Nova Scotia College of Art and
Design. I have taken art class every year in high school and
my average is ninety-eight percent. So basically, even though
I plan on enrolling in a fine arts program, the one course that
high school offers to prepare me for the university I plan to
attend, is not considered a university preparatory course.
This leads me to my main question, "Who is the person
in the head office who gets to decide what courses are mandatory,
and which courses will better prepare students for their future?"
One can only assume that this person is not artistically or intellectually
inclined, based on the pure fact that he/she is not open minded
enough to recognize art as an important career path.
Fortunately, not everyone leaving high school will be attending
Dalhousie, St. Mary's, or Mount Saint Vincent. Not everyone will
grow up to be doctors, lawyers, or teachers. Who is to say that
one career path is more or less valuable than another? I feel
it is important to have mandatory requirements for graduation.
I also feel the education system, of all things, should be open
to all career paths, not just the popular ones, and should offer
sufficient classes and support to better prepare all students
for life, not just the mathematically, and scientifically inclined.
Teachers often wonder why some students are not interested,
and do not do well in school. I think it's time to re-evaluate.
Maybe it's not the students at all. Maybe it's that the system,
and curriculum they are forced into, doesn't meet their personal
needs. Maybe it's the style of teaching that they are bored with.
Students are forced to conform to learn what some person in an
office thinks will better prepare them for life. I think it is
wonderful that some students need these courses, and plan on
becoming distinguished bankers and doctors but what about the
rest of the population? What about the intellectuals? Why must
the colorful people suffer because they have more to offer than
mathematical equations? Is our future less important and our
professions less dignified? Do we not have just as much, if not
more, to offer the world?
I feel high school has done an awful job preparing me for
the outside world. I feel that there should be special programs
for aspiring artists that offer a wider variety of options. There
should be more experiential education and less lecture, more
hands-on work instead of listening to a teacher preach from a
We have been learning the same history classes since elementary
school. The education system is so busy creating math-loving,
note-copying droids, that it leaves no room for originality,
intellectuality, and individuality. There is no room for creativity
and self expression. Aren't these the qualities and skills you
need to possess and practice to prepare yourself for life in
the real world? If so, why am I being discriminated against for
wanting to become an artist?
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