Sciences should be encouraged

A recent report from Amgen Canada and Let’s Talk Science has concluded that there is a serious lack of interest amongst high school students in mathematics and sciences. Beyond the problems this creates in not producing a well-rounded student education, it creates an uncertain future for the job market.

The primary argument made for being disinterested in the sciences — and an argument we all made to our parents in high school to avoid taking non-mandatory classes — is that many of us aren’t built to study science. Despite these rather unconvincing arguments, the blame should lie with the school board for not encouraging the continuation of studying science, math and technology.

Rather shockingly, this report revealed that a major shift occurs between ages 12 to 17 when there is a 20 per cent drop in studying science. The primary reason there is such a drastic drop in interest is simply because it is allowed.

As opposed to four years of mandatory English in high school, science, math and technology courses are optional after grade ten.

The implications of this go beyond not understanding basic math, but create a vacant space in the job market as there is becoming an abundance of people focusing on the arts and humanities.

While the sciences may seem intimidating to some people, making them mandatory in high school will create a greater willingness for students to get out of their comfort zones.

–The Cord Editorial Board

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