Implementing changes in Education

Opinion section-Auto Shop
May 24, 2006
Staff Writer
Opinion: Auto Shop

Imagine driving down a deserted highway where dry brush is seen on either side of the

road. Unexpectedly, your vehicle hits a bump and the tire pops off. Steadily steering the

vehicle off the road, you notice a piercing screech when your car comes to a halt. With no

telephone or vehicle service for miles, what would you possibly do under such surprising

conditions? Would you know how to change a tire?

I feel students at Cam High, especially those whom are beginning to drive, should take a

course to learn how to accurately repair their car.

By creating an auto shop at Cam High, students will learn the fundamentals in repairing

their vehicle, which will prepare them for an emergency later in life.

As cars continue to be the primary transportation in the U.S, students should then be

encouraged to take a course where they will learn to respond to a crisis concerning a


Though it may seem this course is being directed only toward male’s, it isn’t. It should

be targeted to girls as well. Truthfully, I don’t have much knowledge about cars,

therefore I feel a bit obliged to take this course. I would like to learn about car

maintenance, since it I will benefit in knowing the basic material, such as how to fix a flat

or change a tire.

An auto shop class will not only teach you how to find your way under the hood or

around the car, but clue you in on the necessary objects you should carry in your vehicle

in case of an emergency.

Cam High should adopt this course, because it may be helpful for students in the long


When you find yourself in an urgent situation where vehicle assistance is unavailable, it

will be beneficial to rely on the methods you learned in an auto shop class.

This was an article I wrote for my school newspaper last year as a junior. Coincidentally, the topic on this piece was about a class at my school that I felt should be mandatory for all students to take. For some, it is the only course interesting enough to fulfill graduating credits, and for others it’s just another good reason to attend school. More importantly, I believe it holds a beneficial purpose, it can help in life.
Taking a different approach, ask yourself this. How many times have you had car trouble in the last four years? Now, how many times have you used your geometry skills in the last four years? In fact, my math teachers throughout high school have always told me geometry isn’t necessarily useful in life, yet students are subject to take this class. Wouldn’t it be helpful to take a course that would truly come in handy one, two, ten years from now? I think so.