TEC Should Not Be Included In Our Cumulative GPAs

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Romi Chaovat ’24

Sources, such as the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, say that there will be a surge in demand for jobs in the fields of math, science, and technology. Currently, it is one of the most bustling work sectors in the United States economy. 23% of the total workforce is in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Since the technology sector has only been on the rise over the past decade, some schools do not necessarily see it as essential, but STEM is the future.

With that, TEC (Technology, Engineering, and Coding) must be a part of the everyday curriculum of students in the same way other fundamental subjects are. Schools must teach students essential STEM skills such as problem-solving, mechanics, and most importantly coding. 

Luckily, Ramaz offers TEC classes to teach their students these essential skills. The problem with these classes is that they are not as organized and cohesive as other classes because most students need substantial help. Usually, the class moves slowly because there is a lot of confusion as most students are not that familiar with TEC. Unlike Math and English, which students are taught since kindergarten, elements of TEC such as coding are entirely new for them. It is a new language just like Spanish or French that students must learn. Like every other language, it takes time and commitment that many students don’t have. 

Since it is relatively new, for both the school and the students, TEC not being included in students’ GPAs is the right choice. Students still get letter grades for these classes which incentivize them to put in the effort, but it does not force students to keep up perfect grades, fearing it will affect their GPA. If it was in their GPAs, it would just put added work on top of their already grueling coursework. It relieves the stress of having to learn something completely new and lets students go to TEC only focused on the subject at hand, rather than only focusing on their grades.