Education Reform: Student Choices Good or Bad?
Education needs to be reformed in many ways but the way that would help schools and education the most is that we need to let students choose their classes more extensively. Students that are in high school should have a core curriculum but they should be able to pick their electives more than they are now. The students that do not have a good time in high school or do not get to learn about what they want to learn about are more likely to drop out. If they do not drop out they will most likely not go to college. This is a big problem in today’s society because without a college degree or at least a high school diploma you cannot get a job.
When I was in high school all I wanted to do was take agricultural related classes because I knew that I wanted to be an agriculture education teacher but with the way my high school was set up I could only take one a year. This really held me back because if I could have taken more in depth agriculture related classes I feel like I would have had the upper hand coming into college. I would have also had a more enjoyable high school experience as well. I know I am not the only person that feels this way about the United States high schools. Many students from my own high school as well as many of the neighboring high schools from around Brown County, Ohio which is where I am from. “In the 2007/2008 school year, more than 230,000 apprentices participated in full-time school-based training”( Federal Ministry of Education and Research). This web site also states that vocational and agriculture classes help students that do not like the conventional way of learning in the class room. More high schools should offer vocational and agricultural classes so that the students can either broaden their horizons or narrow down their elective classes to what they want to learn about. This will also let them learn about what they want to do for the rest of their lives and pursue a career in. This would drastically reduce high school dropout rates and in turn also raise the average grade point averages for many if not all schools.
The schools grade point averages or (G.P.A.’s) would rise due to the fact that students would actually be interested in what they were learning about so they would be more likely to pay attention in class rather than sleep or skip class all together. We need to reach out to the students that want to drop out of school rather than the kids that are still in school because the high school drop outs are just as important to educate as the one still in school. The national high school dropout rate is eight percent according to the IES National Center for Education Statistics. This statistic is backed by Annette M. Allen National Assessment of Educational Progress Coordinator. We need to try to reach out to the potential dropouts and try every to use every option that we possess in order to keep them in school.
If we can keep all of or at least the majority of the high school dropouts in school that would help the economy because they would be more educated so they would be able to start businesses of their own or at least get higher paying jobs so that they could buy more things. They would also be able to help the school systems because if they do not dropout then the school systems then the schools will get the money from their school dues. In turn the schools would receive greater revenue from students even though it is a small amount it will add up to be a sufficient amount over a long period of time. This would make for a lesser dependence on state and federal funds in order for the school to run during the school week as well as pay for more teachers and other school staff. With this in mind the schools could use more of the state and federal funds to buy more and or upgrade the computers, class room supplies, as well as raise teacher’s and other staff’s salaries. These salary increases would most likely make the teachers want to teach to a higher standard which would also make a good incentive for them to receive these bonuses.
Some people say that if students are able to pick more of their classes then they will just pick the classes that get them through the easiest. This may be true in some cases but for the most part students that are passionate about what they are going to do for the rest of their lives will take their class schedules seriously. This would greatly help the students that are trying to get into specific colleges or specific programs in college. The class selections would also help students that did not know what they wanted to do after they graduated by giving them the opportunity to take classes in a variety of different subjects.
All of the things that have been mentioned just go to show how important that education reform is and will always continue to be in todays as well tomorrow’s societies. If we make the schools fit more to the needs of the students of today we will be able to raise grades and we will also be able keep more students from dropping out of school all together. The reason that we have schools is to teach people and if the students do not enjoy what they are being taught then they will not really learn anything. That is why we should reform the school systems and let the students pick more of their classes.