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The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

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LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Career Electives Bearcats Can Choose From

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There are seemingly endless amounts of careers available to college and high school graduates today, with new ones being created every day. It is important for students to be prepared to take on a career once they graduate.

In response to students’ unpreparedness, the San Mateo Union High School District has made it a requirement to take one full year (or the equivalent of 10 credits) of a “Career Technical Ed (CTE)” in order to graduate.

The purpose of the electives are to offer a student a plethora of knowledge and experience in a field, so that the student has an opportunity to get a job regardless of college education. This is a helpful idea at its core, but has become something that is more of a struggle for students to accomplish than something they find useful.

At San Mateo High School, there are only four electives on campus that currently fall under the CTE category. These include Biotech and Food and Nutrition, Art and Multimedia, and Digital Photography. Next year, Journalism and Publications will count towards CTE credits, but even with the two additional classes added, the options are still very limited.

Many students are not motivated to fulfill the requirement simply because  none of the classes interest them. They would be better off taking an additional science or math class than wasting a period a day for a year taking a class that won’t benefit them in the future.

If a type of course is required for graduation, we should offer that course in as many forms as possible. It is unfair for students to have to spend a year using their time and energy to attempt to pass a class that will end up being useless to them in the future.

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