Anika Steed March 16, 2017
Did you ever watch a high school movie before getting to high school? Did you get here and wonder where those classes that you get to carry around a fake baby and cook delicious food go? Most students wonder why their high school doesn’t have the same classes they see in the movies. Instead of those fun life skill classes that teach you what you eventually have to learn in reality, you are taught how to be skilled in MICROSOFT or you take a art class.
If more real-life classes such as child development, finance, culinary arts, or even cosmetology, were in our school, students would become more interested in the class and what the teacher is teaching. By bringing in new classes students will become more engaged and classes will be passed. Our current Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) classes not interesting: these include things such as farming, graphic design and business technology. No one wants to sit in front of a computer all day or take notes in an elective class. Students want to have fun and be active with hands on class labs for example, culinary arts you can make different foods and try different recipes.
According to Miami Herald, “empowering practical skills, electives can help students find hidden talents or passions”. Bringing out students personalities and skills is what it’s all about. High school is suppose to prepare you for college. High school is also where most people find out their hidden talents or even see what they would like to major in based on the classes they took in high school. Bringing in more interesting classes gives students more variety to choose from. “Real learning thrives when students have real choices” states Blake Boles. That’s what everyone needs, instead of getting in a pathway and having to complete the whole course just because you started it your freshman year, why not have more options to choose a pathway that really aligns with your interests and talents? Having more engaging electives narrows down the amount of request to be in P.E. or weight training, makes students happier, and gives them more preparation for real life.
So why don’t we have more elective or pathway options? Why not bring in these different classes and make high school fun again? !