Which High School Courses should be necessary

The Necessity of APES in School

Non-renewable fossil fuels are running out, and their future scarcity could cause wars over resources. Global Warming is described as the crisis of the century and we are feeling its impact through increasingly devastating hurricanes and the melting of the polar icecaps. However, many in government have been reluctant to acknowledge these problems and even more so to suggest solutions. There have been rumbles of dissent from people, but there has been very little action to create change. This is caused, in a large part, by an uninformed public and ambiguous information presented by the media. Since people are not well-informed on pertinent environmental problems, it is the duty of American citizens to become educated. A solution for this is to make AP Environmental Science mandatory in high schools.
Because of the many demands of high school, both social and academic, most students do not have the time or inclination to research pressing environmental issues. Even if they do make time to do so, it is very likely that they will encounter incorrect information that will either deny environmental problems, or blow them out of proportion. However, if taking APES (AP Environmental Science) was required, students would be presented with accurate information, eliminating the need to search the Internet and sift through propaganda and prophecies of doom. It would also force students who are less than concerned with the state of the environment to understand that Global Warming and the depletion of non-renewable resources affects everyone, including themselves.
Thomas Jefferson once said that “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” It is the responsibility of this generation to educate themselves as fully as possible in order to solve these global crises. The baby boom generation has contributed much to our current way of living; however they have become stuck in their ways and find it difficult to tackle these new problems. It is the responsibility of the echo baby boom generation to accept the task of solving global environmental problems. The first step is to make APES a requirement so that while this generation’s minds are still young and flexible, they can begin to find creative solutions. For example, this class explains solar power and the technology used to harness it. By understanding this concept early on in life, students will be able to find new ways to use solar power and decrease the cost of production.
If AP Environmental Science were mandatory, students would discover that they have power to change the world and solve its problems. They would be well-informed and impervious to lies and half truths spun by the media. This generation would no longer be at the mercy of a supposedly all-knowing government. Instead they would have the knowledge to make their own educated decisions and they would, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change (they) want to see in the world.”