In all schools today students complain about some of the subjects they take and wish they could be dropped however either the school does not permit it, or it is a graduation recquirement. Consequently students are forced to study subjects that they are not interested in, will not help them in their careers or is generally useless for everday life. Therefore, allowing high school students to choose what classes they take indpendent of a school recquirement would have many benefits including increased attendance, less stress and a overall more efficient and useful school day, while helping teens to make their carreer choices.
Firstly, allowing students to select their own subjects leads to a much higher attendance rate and a better school environment. In fact according to the tiger tribune, students who enjoy subjects and teachers have a 25 % higher attendance rating than students who don’t. Evidently, students are more likely to attend school and not skip classes if they find the class interesting or useful than if they found that the class was not worth attending. Students that miss class would in turn, have a much harder time in school, miss assignments and have an overall lower gpa. Those who are primarily affected by this phenomenon are those of the lower class, students who are from lower income families may not attend school since they may need to help at home or do work to make ends meet. People of this category, forced to endure subjects that they have no interest in or are useless to their percieved career, will avoid coming to school altogether, instead opting to help their parents or help raise funds. (huffington post)If policies that allowed students to choose what subjects they took where implemented libararies, study halls, and extracurriculuars would expand and students and parents would demand better teachers and more elective classes. Allowing students to take only the classes they found interesting or beneficial would lead to them having more freetime and avoiding the massive workloads from classes they loathe, which would in turn allow them to pursue extracurriculars and other outside activities that would better prepare them for their career.
Taking classes they do not find interesting or useful can lead to work overloads and an far less useful school experience. According to Sisson Edwards, ” the student really has to cram so much subject-matter that by the time he gets through he feels that he doesn’t know much of anything.”,evidently due to the students taking 9 subjects out of which only 4 or 5 will be useful they are given a workload that is almost impossible to complete and even if it is completed it won’t be beneficial to the student in his/her future. Shannon Knight agrees that “The problem with our current education system is that students are spending too much time in classes that will get them nowhere and not enough time in classes that will actually help them in life and their careers.”,and students are failing classes they shouldnt have had to take in the first place. Allowing students to specialize early on will allow them to succeed in what they are good at instead of fail at all their classes. As a result, students will be treated to a more comprehensive education that will both benefit them and prepare them for their careers which is what a schools role should be. For example, if a student wanted to become an engineer, he could then take classes such as math, physics, chemistry and computer science which would make him extremely prepared for his college life and career. Forcing the above student to take english classes, art classes, and history classes would result in an overload of information that is ultimately worthless to the student and distracts the student from focusing on the subjects that actually matter to him. Allowing students to focus on these subjects that they like would allow them to be more specialized and better educated in these areas as opposed to being average or below average in a wide variety of subjects, most of which are irrelevent.
Allowing high schoolers to select what subjects they learn will ease the carreer choice they will have to make and help them mature as individual’s. All high school students have to face the pressure off selecting their careers and subjects in college, allowing them to experience this early on in high school will help prepare them for this undertaking and assist them in being mature enough to choose a career that will benefit them the most. Allowing students to make their own choices instead of having the school make them for them would lead to more mature students with the ability to live as productie adults. Students with learning disabilities in certain areas or learn differently from others are negaitively affected by forcing them to attend certain classes. Some students may not be suited for mathematics or english which means they will do poorly and end up either not selecting the field or not benifitting from the information being taught. In addition, information that they do not have the ability to understand will not be commited to memory or retained, which would lead to the information being wasted and the time spent in school learning that information worthless. Different students prefer different classes and learning styles, placing all students in the same sets of classes leads to not only psychological problems but also a wasteful school experience. Allowing students to choose their own classes can allow them to focus on what they are good at and retain information that will be beneficial in both their college and carreer lives.
“Students Should Pick Their Own Classes.” The Tiger Tribune, 24 Feb. 2017, thetigertribune.com/2238/opinion/students-should-pick-their-own-classes/.
Boles, Blake. “Give High School Students the Same Freedom as College Students.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 18 Feb. 2015, www.huffingtonpost.com/blake-boles/give-high-school-students_b_6354654.html.
Sisson, Edward O. “College Students’ Comments on Their Own High-School Training.” The School Review, vol. 20, no. 10, 1912, pp. 649–664. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1076493.
Knight, Shannon. “GUEST COLUMN: Why Students Should Choose Their Own Classes.” The Sun Chronicle, 3 Jan. 2016, www.thesunchronicle.com/vip/opinion/columns/guest-column-why-students-should-choose-their-own-classes/article_9b794965-5d99-55c0-9890-fa66d23ce407.html.