A Practical Elective is Good for the Economy

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A Practical Elective is Good for the Economy

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Picture this. You are driving in an area that is not familiar to you, and you don’t have service (Sirius XM is not even working). It is getting dark and you start to hear a knocking noise in your car tuckaTHUCKtuckaTHUCKtucka… then all four wheels slowly come to a complete stop. No worries though, you are prepared, because last year, you took your school’s auto repair shop. You get out of the car, pop open the hood and immediately see that the battery cables are not connected, you tighten them back down and drive off safely.

Over the past decades, shop classes around the nation have vanished.  Most high schools do not even offer them now, compared to 30 years ago, where almost every school had some sort of skill class. Now you may be asking yourself, why does this matter? What does this have to do with me? Well, it actually applies to something much bigger than ourselves, and that is the economy as a whole. The nation has a need for skilled workers, and without these workers, prices for services will continue to rise. It is simple economics, supply and demand. There is an increase in demand for physical services, but the supply is on the decrease; therefore, making the prices skyrocket. Offering an auto shop repair class is one step towards a better economy for our nation, and while doing that, it also prepares students for the real world. Dustin Wheatley, 11, says, “ If it was offered as a math class, I would for sure take it, without a doubt.” There is not only a need for this class, but a want. We need to make a change, not a change for individuals, but a change for society.