Students should choose classes for interest

Emma Figlewicz, Staff Writer

Throughout many students’ high school journey, they find themselves questioning, “when am I going to use this in real life?” There are numerous classes that are required by high schools which have kids studying subjects in which they have no interest.

Although students are given the option of taking two electives a year, this doesn’t mean they can use them to choose whatever they want. Usually students aren’t given the chance to even take the classes in which they have interest until they are upper classmen. Lowerclassman must use elective slots to achieve their language and social studies credits.

Unlike the education system in the United States, France has implemented a system where classes are catered to what each individual student wants to pursue. According to education in France is organized in a way where, “many subdivisions exist specialized sections and a variety of options that students can choose.” These advances allow the students’ knowledge of the work field they are steering towards to grow and provides them the necessary tools for success.

To revitalize America’s system, the first eight years of traditional schooling should stay the same to build a foundation of gen-eds. This would teach kids the basics and would progress in difficulty as the students age, similarly to how the system works today. Once a student enters high school however, they would be given the opportunity to choose what they want with no required restrictions.

The main issue many would bring up about this program is that many students don’t know what career field they want to pursue. At the age of 14 many kids have no clue what do for their future. Therefore, the system would be inefficient and pointless. However, a simple solution for these students is to test the water and disperse their schedule with classes that might interest them, not in a future job perspective.

Students who are choosing to go on to pursue college education could still choose classes towards what colleges they are interested in have required.

Basically, students should want to come to school, not dread it. By having more choice in classes, students’ attitude toward school can change. The benefits of a child’s satisfaction and happiness from participating in classes under their interests is indescribable.