Norwalk Public Schools: Lower The Credit Requirements for High School Graduation

Norwalk Public Schools: Lower The Credit Requirements for High School Graduation

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For the class of 2022, students will need a 26 credit requirement and a Capstone Requirement to obtain a High School diploma. This is not completely absurd considering many other high schools in the country have been increasing their graduation requirements over the years. But, it is still very unfair. This applies a lot of pressure to people who are still just kids, teenagers who are still developing and dealing with many things outside of school. The world is changing, so it makes sense to add credits for classes such as digital literacy. But why is the Capstone Experience changed from being only an IB graduation requirement to something all students have to do?

Let's be real here, we know the world is changing, but back in the day, around 20 credits was enough to graduate for Brien Mcmahon High School. Is the additional 6 necessary? 6 credits are A LOT to deal with. And that, quite frankly, is an understatement. In one full school year, 8 credits completed is the norm. If this is done, then upperclassmen can have the chance to have study hall periods where they can have extra time to work or relax. But at this rate, will study hall periods exist in a few years? Many students also turn down their study hall periods so they can take a class that will boost their GPA, look good for college applications, and more. But again, at this rate, the schedule for students will be so tight and rigid that students may not have as much freedom for what classes to take. And this is not the first time NPS students have seen a loss for what classes they can take. Woodshop has been long gone, and culinary arts, a beloved class by McMahon students, might have to say goodbye as well.

High schools students already have a lot on their plate considering they usually take sports and clubs as well. Are these credits good for them in the long run? Is this "Capstone Experience" going to better introduce students into college and the workforce? Because, from an honest point of view, it sounds like additional stress rather than something that will actually help students.

(Also, do not take away culinary arts! Cooking is a useful life skill!)

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