Letter: Coursework can inspire careers, service by Andrea Collins
My name is Andrea Collins, and I was in the graduating class of 2011. I am continuing my education in Stevens Point.
Throughout high school, I took part in a majority of the family and consumer science classes, and I believe that they have benefited me in many ways even after graduation.
These were the classes I looked forward to going to every day because of the curriculum and the teachers who taught them. I still use recipes that I learned in cooking 1 and 2 and have learned that I love to bake and cook.
However, the most impactful class was child development 2 with Mrs. Perkins my senior year. This class is where I have learned my love for helping and teaching children. This class offered me a teacher’s assistant certification with 10 observation hours outside of school at a preschool center. With my teaching assistant certification, I was able to get a part time job in Stevens Point at Little Scholars, a daycare and preschool center. The class taught me techniques in teaching children, and the most exciting part of the class was when we had actual preschool-age children come in and do activities, just like a real preschool would.
This class also offers a lot of insight into potential careers in early childhood education. I believe the most impactful part of family and consumer science classes is that it inspires its students to use their imagination, which, as people get older it becomes harder to use, and to dream about their future. Isn’t part of high school discovering potential careers for students?
Failing to pass the upcoming referendum would halt a good portion of that exploration.
Cutting half of family and consumer science courses would limit students’ potential to become chefs, to own their own bakery, and to become teachers who work with children. Students need these classes to better themselves and to better our society as well.
When it comes time to vote for the referendum on Feb. 19, please vote “YES.” You’ll be enabling students to explore potential careers. I know these classes have brought out my own hidden talents.
Andrea Collins, Rhinelander High School alumnus