by Harris Yun – Staff Writer
As seniors enter their (hopefully) final year of highschool, there is plenty enough hanging over them. However, one thing stands out in particular – the culminating project. It is supposed to represent the final ‘culmination’ of our high school experience and learning, and prepare us for life after government-mandated education. While well-intentioned, however, this is an outdated and frankly, ridiculous requirement for graduation.
Ask any senior in the halls, and they will tell you that the culminating project sucks. It constantly hovers over us, and it is incredibly stressful. It is a project that we have to complete in order to graduate, and most of us do not really see the point. Sure, the whole thing takes only about a week to do (minus the community service), but in the end, it is a week of wasted time; time that could be used to actually prepare seniors for the ‘real world’.
In reality, the culminating project is kind of outdated. Every year, more and more seniors by the time they graduate either already have a job or are not planning to get one anytime soon, in which case the culminating project loses its purpose. In addition, the project pushes us towards college, even if we do not really want to go. In fact, in recent years, the amount of students who go to college without really knowing what they wanted to do, only going because they were told it was the right choice, has risen dramatically. This, obviously, is problematic.
Past that, there are better ways to prepare students for life after high school than a mandatory project. The resources spent on presenting and evaluating the project could instead be put towards a class on budgeting, or changing the project altogether into something that would actually prepare us for the world of bills and taxes in life after we move out of our parents’ houses. In fact, instead of using countless hours of homeroom time (something that has also been shortened) for this outdated project, you could use that time to teach students real life skills.
Sure, the community service is nice for getting students to connect with their community, but the fact of the matter is that either people will do the bare minimum required to graduate, or get over 50 hours a year – there is basically no in-between.
In the end, though, the culminating project is a ridiculous requirement for graduation and does not help students for life after high school at all – and we need to either change it, or get rid of it altogether.