Having a say in Education


Tanner Lertsongkham and Jessi Melton

Every student knows that there is a plethora of options, but not a lot of say in their education. When entering high school you’re bombarded with possible classes, but still have to meet a strict guideline to graduate.

Schools should be more lenient on what requirements you are required to meet to graduate. Students need more of a say in their education, because, frankly, it’s their education. It affects them the most and they have a lot to say about it, because not everyone wants to take certain classes. They want to take classes that are going to benefit them the most in the future.

Schools are already requiring students to choose a career and a major in college by their junior year in high school. Not everyone needs excessive amounts of knowledge in math, and not everyone needs to know advanced English. The basics and even a little above are what need to be taught to all students, but the advanced classes that students are forced to take in high school are not necessary. Many of these class lessons will be learned and forgotten after the student graduates and moves on to their specialized courses. Why are they spending time on classes that are not beneficial to them now, or in the future? They could be spending their time on classes that will benefit them.

Schools should dial back on the requirements and allow students to start pursuing a major now if they want to. Sometimes students want to take excessive amounts of math classes, but can’t because they have to get 1.5 credits of PE. Students should be allowed to opt out of some courses that they don’t want to take. School should be enjoyable and not a burden of having to do it as much as wanting to do it.

There will always be kids who take advantage of the system, but we shouldn’t burden those who don’t. We should just encourage people to do what they want and give them the options to do it because if I want to be a baker, I’m going to be a baker, and frankly, advanced geology won’t help me much with that.

There will always be a flawed system, so we should just try to accommodate to it the best we can. Students agree that we need more say, so Bingham I ask you, what are you waiting for?