This letter has been modified since its original publication.
Though I will graduate before any new science building is built at Walla Walla High School, I want to express my strong support for the school bond measure.
I am considering what colleges I might apply to next year and have noticed that many of them recommend students have two years of laboratory science if they hope to be accepted.
My experience has been that Wa-Hi can barely accomplish what colleges want. The science teachers are often forced to make unacceptable modifications to their lab lessons so they are safe and appropriate in subpar classrooms.
Several of the science classrooms have tiny or nonexistent sinks, few outlets for microscopes and no gas for Bunsen burners. Students are limited in what they can learn and the topics they can explore because their classrooms are not designed for modern scientific instruction. Additionally, we all know that many of the best jobs are in science these days.
But the lab experience at Wa-Hi can be very uninspiring. How are students supposed to develop a love of science if their hands-on experiences are so limited and narrow?
Finally, it is my understanding the state is seriously considering adding a third year of science to high school graduation requirements. If that were to happen, Wa-Hi students would be handicapped.
Please vote yes on the school bond measure.
This story was updated March 25 at 11:15 a.m. to reflect the following clarification:
A letter published Sunday written by Lupe Beck of Walla Walla had part of a sentence inadvertently deleted.
The sentence should have read: Students are limited in what they can learn and the topics they can explore because their classrooms are not designed for modern scientific instruction.