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Tek Reedin’ an’ Writin’? I don’t need that class, and if you are reading this, neither do you. If you enjoyed your Technical Reading and Writing class, go ahead and turn to another fine story in this magazine. Since I’m assuming you hated the class, or are an insolent rule-breaker (that will get his come-uppance shortly, after the next harvest and full moon correspond) and are still reading, allow us to continue. The required classes list at Timberline is riddled with classes that are little more than a waste of time. Prime examples that come to mind are P.E., Health, and of course, Technical Reading and Writing. Requiring classes is admirable, as it shows that our glorious benefactors are interested in exposing us to a large volume of information; however, it wastes an enormous amount of time for students who already know the material and the school doesn’t accomplish its stated goal of comprehensive education. Take a break from feeling indignant if you disagree and consider this universally accepted truth. Technical Reading and Writing is a waste of time to anyone who is literate. The skills taught may be more than reading, but they are certainly less than necessary. If I am, and let’s take a big leap here, a student that is interested in this thing called “Education,” why would I need to spend a semester learning to write my name in a box 6 times? It seems to deprive me of the milk of education flowing so smoothly and freely from the mother pig’s teat, (who in this metaphor will be ably played by the school). The more I nuzzle at the succulent teat, and the more I get Technical
March 18, 2010
Reading and Writing instead of sweet knowledge juice, the less likely am I to enjoy this teat (now you realize why the clarification of who played the teat was so important in this metaphor). You might also consider the plight of the football player, who has already ripped out the first several pages of this magazine in a simian rage as he needed it to pad his cage. Why should he be required to take PE? There is an easy solution to this problem. Allow students who already have a good understanding of a required class’s material to test out of those classes. Yes, naturally our dear leader will argue that requiring classes exposes children to basic elements of education. However, simply being present in the class does not ensure this knowledge. Not even grades can indicate it, as kids can simply memorize information for a test and then forget it. Keep the requirements for basic knowledge, but eliminate the tie to the classroom. If the purpose of these classes is to teach kids, but they already have the knowledge, what are the classes for? Eliminating time spent in the classroom of Illustration by Gabbi Brandini required classes works to everyone’s benefit. It allows teachers, who do not have to endure us in their classes, to spend time teaching the students who need to be there. It also allows the students who already have the knowledge presented in the required class to choose an elective that they are passionate about, and share in the joys of the sweet milk that will flow forth.