November 18, 2019

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Leap from High School to College Sports -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating? -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#TeamTrees -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity Football -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CA Bill Pushes School Start Times Back -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movies to Watch during Halloween -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

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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