New Electives Chosen for the Students, by the students
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Electives are the some of the best parts of high school. From painting classes to sociology classes, students are given many options. But are these the electives students really want?
Schools have had gym as a required course since the beginning, which has allowed athletes great training time as well as healthy activity.That’s nice for athletes, but what about the rest of the students? Another department that has been around for a long time in the school system has been fine arts.
Fine arts include painting,drawing,photography,
Electives are a key part of high school and create the basis for many students’ careers in the future. For example, If someone wants to become a doctor, he or she would probably take anatomy and extra math classes, but for an elective they might be inclined to take sociology or psychology, depending on what kind of doctor they want to be and to work on social skills necessary in communicating with patients.
Although there are many electives to choose from, there are not many that are specific to students’ focuses. If you wanted to become a carpenter, wouldn’t you want a woodshop class at your school?
One Jamestown student thinks an elective for the fashion world would be great. “I wish Jamestown had a fashion class, many people are interested in fashion and there are many careers in fashion, so the class would be a good introduction for a job in the field of fashion,” said sophomore Aaliyah Jones.
Another student believes a filmmaking class would be fun. “ A class of directing movies would be awesome. It would not only help me practice my hobby, but it could also prepare and introduce me to bigger and better things in the movie universe,”said senior Allen Young.
One obstacle that affects the offering of new electives is the budget. Schools only have a certain amount of money that they can use to put toward core classes so the elective budget can be tight.
Also, teachers would be forced to focus on more classes to teach. Many schools have general English classes,but now schools are creating classes for future careers, including creative writing or journalism. By having these classes, students are given more experience to the real world and career options for college.
The downside of more electives being allowed at schools is teachers are given less time to plan for their classes.This could make teachers hectic, and if new teachers are hired for more electives the school’s budget could be stretched even more.
Although there are obstacles in having more electives at school, many students believe new, more specific electives would be an effective way in keeping them focused at school as well as, providing them insight into new careers they might want to pursue.