Sunday February 21, 2010
This has been the question in our household ever since I started up my classes again this spring. If you don't know, I take online classes through the University of Maryland. They have an awesome curriculum and are one of the very, very few places that offers English bachelors degrees. So a couple of weeks ago, my spring semester started and we are just now getting into the nitty gritty of assignments, labs, and due dates. Online schooling is one of the best things that could happen to me. Sure you miss that face to face conversations with people, but when it comes down to it, I am still learning all of the information, and my classmates and I talk all the time through chat, and via our discussion boards. I even found out one of my classmates in my Biology class is even in the same city as I am in Texas. That was cool.
But yes, back to the question that has been going on in our house. That question is "Why even GO to high school??!" Now imagine a 16 year old girl saying that. That would be my sister. My all knowing, AP Honor class taking, tennis champ sister, asking me, and perhaps the world, "Why even go to high school!?".
Why does she ask this question you say? Well I was doing some of my assignments in her room, and she was astonished by my lab assignment.
"Scientific Method? Guess the hypothesis? Probability? This is all stuff I learned 2 years ago!"
Mind you that this is an Intro to Biology Class, a course for non-science majors, the only science needed for an English degree (do you catch how I'm trying to defend my class), but she was astonished that the material I was reading was stuff she had already done and was doing right now. She took a look at my Computer Class project, and again she exclaimed,
"Are you serious?? Make a flyer Word!?"
Granted, that was a little too easy, I've been doing that since I first logged onto Windows 95, but to her it was unfathomable.
My sister has always been a big studier and is quick to learn everything, and as I reviewed my assignments, I did start to think about it. Why even go to high school? I mean that's ridiculous question, what I mean is why not start college early and earn credit at the same time? That is what AP classes are for in high school, the classes that my sister is in, and that is why things looked all too familiar to her.
After a couple of years of school, I've also noticed how repetitive and how actually unnecessary some of my classes have been. Sure the "knowledge" is irreplaceable, but I have walked away from a class with a perfectly good grade, and not retaining a thing. I think that's one of the reasons why most people don't finish college. A lot of the classes seem unrelatable to the degree they are actually seeking, and seem like a waste of time.
So I finished my modest assignments in her room, as she huffed and puffed through reading the rest of Macbeth for her English class. Nodding her head, and ticking her tongue at how easy I had it. I knew most of these assignments were silly, but if it will get me my English degree, I think it's okay to suffer through a couple of more easy A's...