My son is also taking a high school photography course. He actually wanted to drop it, stating that he had to show the teacher how to adjust white balance on one of the school-owned cameras that she lends out to students who don't have their own. I encouraged him to stay in the class, if only to continue having access to the darkroom, which is what he likes best about the course. Equally importantly, I pointed out that the teacher (who is at heart an art teacher, not a photographer) still might have considerable wisdom and knowledge about composition. In any case, I am sure she prefers a very pure pursuit of art - one that does not reduce itself to getting "Likes" on Instagram.Some will take it more seriously and upgrade to real gear, so overall I don't see it as a bad thing. My son is taking a photography class at school and said it's one of the more popular courses.