The Necessity of Core Classes in College

by Daija Stepney

As students, we attend college to find a career. “What’s next?” Now, we’re taking the same classes all over again.

The conflict is, once we enter college, high school courses come back to haunt us. As college students, we now ask ourselves: “Are these core classes necessary?”

As a journalism major, it was required that I take a math course. Thankfully, I passed and got it over with.

“You’re spending thousands of dollars on classes you’ve taken in high school,” said WCC student Ethan Marte. “When are we ever gonna use trigonometry in life if you’re a business major or a computer science student?”

However, others say that taking these core classes are beneficial, that they will help you in the near future.

“I believe core courses are extremely useful,” said WCC Student Development Counselor Damian Trombetta. “Depending on the individual, some course material may be more useful than others, [but generally] core courses help cultivate a well-rounded individual who have problem-solving, writing, and interpersonal communication skills.”

According to Trombetta, they provide a basis for establishing principles.“Those principles can in turn assist with the handling of situations that arise throughout life,” Trombetta said. “I truly believe that core courses are more of a benefit than a hindrance.”

“I just think there’s some hindrance because of the time and duration of school,” said WCC student Rafa Abubakar. “I majoring in business administration and one of my core subjects is art.”

According to Abubakar, it doesn’t make sense to take a dance class, painting class, or photography.

“It is a waste of my time,” Abubakar said.

Taking classes that have to do with your major should be more of a priority than core classes.

According to an article from The James G. Martin Center Of Academic Renewal, core classes don’t help students in their field.

“Unfortunately, Common Core undermines students’ intellectual growth and leaves many graduates unprepared for true college-level work, as opposed to career training,” wrote Joy Pullman who holds a fellowship with the Heartland Institute. “Common Core requires high-school seniors—those about to enter college or adult life—to read  70 percent nonfiction and 30 percent fiction in school. Younger children start out with a higher proportion of fiction, which gradually declines.”

Overall, college students shouldn’t be forced to take core classes on the basis that for many it is a waste of time and money. At the end of the day; students are in college for a reason, and that’s to obtain a career and be successful within that field.

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