The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

The Official Student-Run Newspaper of California High School

The Californian

Should fine arts be required to graduate? – NO

Olivia Soares
Sophomore Sonora Bouey puts the finishing touches on an assignment for Art 1, one of the fine art elective requirements.

In education, there is always a debate about which classes should be mandatory and which classes should be left up to student choice.

Students should be allowed to choose whether they take a fine arts class during their four years of high school. These classes should not be forced into students’ schedules.
Despite arguments that exposure to the arts is essential for a well-rounded education, requiring students to take one year of fine arts in order to graduate is not a reasonable solution.
Instead, high schools should offer a wider range of elective options and emphasize vocational training programs for students.

We must acknowledge the diversity within the arts. Fine art classes encompass a wide range of subjects, including painting, sculpting, ceramics, digital design, darkroom photography, and fashion design.

Advocates for mandatory fine arts classes often argue that these classes inspire creativity and self expression.

Similar to forcing students to take classes they don’t want to take, forcing students to participate in fine arts could dampen their enthusiasm for learning and hinder their academic motivation.
Plus, fostering creativity and critical thinking skills in students is not exclusive to fine arts classes.

Creativity can be nurtured in various ways, whether through writing, problem solving and STEM subjects. Even participating in extracurricular activities such as speech and debate or robotics can help foster students’ creativity.

Many high school students already face significant academic pressures. Those enrolled in Advanced Placement and honors classes often have rigorous schedules that demand extensive time and effort. The addition of mandatory fine arts classes could lead to more stress and burnout.

The skills learned in art classes have a very minimal impact on the majority of students after graduating high school, while vocational training programs offer hands-on experience in trades such as carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work that can teach skills that directly benefit students straight out of high school.

Students in vocational programs are more likely to graduate and earn a stable wage than their peers who did not participate in such programs.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 67 percent of students who complete a sequence of vocational courses are employed full time after graduation, compared to 51 percent of students who do not participate.

By allowing students to pursue the arts based on their interests and passions rather than as a compulsory obligation, it will better foster individuality and a genuine appreciation for the arts within the school community.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Taij Singh
Taij Singh, Staff Writer
Freshmen Taij Singh joined the newspaper team as a staff writer. He loves to read books, whether it be fiction or nonfiction. He is also excited towards meeting new people and developing his writing skills. He loves to hang out with his friends, going biking and also hiking whenever he can.
Olivia Soares
Olivia Soares, Photographer
Olivia Soares is a sophomore and this is her first year in newspaper. Her favorite thing to do in her free time is playing sports such as soccer, basketball, & softball. She loves Disney and taking vacations. So far, she has been to Portugal, New York, & Hawaii.

Comments (0)

All The Californian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *