The Number Most One Frequently Asked Question has been:
"What does this (my building a website) have to do with Digital Photography?" Specifically: "Why do I have to build (and maintain and regularly update) a website, write a blog, write proposals, write reflective reports after taking photos, create a Résumé, etc., especially since it wasn't in the syllabus, nor was it required by either Mrs. LaVine or Mr. Koutsky?
After answering this question numerous times in class, I got about as frustrated with the students as they did with me, by my inability to adequately communicate the significance of the requirement. For the sake of parents who might wonder the same thing when their child complains to them about the assignments, Here are the reasons.
This is an ROP/CTE (Regional Occupation Program/Career Technical Education), which requires assessments in business writing, as well as the creation of artifacts by which officials, administrators and other interested parties (including parents) can gage what's being communicated (and hopefully learned) in the course.
Regardless whether or not students plan on making a career of Photography, a portfolio of their work, as well as the ability to communicate in writing what was attempted, how well the student believes he or she learned the materials, and how well they can communicate the technical aspects of the equipment and software utilized during the course.
The Common Core Standards have, as one of the major components, the ability to write for business. This includes not merely the ability to communicate, but also to punctuate, spell and correctly use grammar in a non-creative writing scenario. Here's a link to view the Standards for your perusal.