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Monday, February 20, 2017

Choosing Classes

by: Libby Anderson
As the end of the school year approaches, students have begun choosing their classes for the 2017-2018 school year, but there is a small situation going around. Students are choosing classes that they don’t want to take. As Mrs. Van De Yacht said to our Media Publications class, “Why take a creative writing class if you don’t want to write?” As a student I understand the struggle of choosing a class but being forced into another because they no longer offer that specific period anymore, or because there is not enough room for you to be in a class. What some parents and teachers don’t understand is why students are choosing classes that they know they won’t enjoy. What is the reasoning behind this constant struggle?
I believe one reason for this is because they don’t care or weren’t paying enough attention. Many students often choose not to look through the student handbook that is specifically located on Little Chute’s student website, which is where teachers give you brief introductions of what you will be doing in those classes. Another thing is for the students that do not particularly care about the classes that they are in; they choose the requirements, and after that they just go for whatever. That causes headaches for both students and teachers.Not only do these students usually not participate in class, but because they don’t enjoy the class they are not learning anything.
Another reason could be that students take the class because they wish to pursue a career in a particular field. It might be required for them to take a class they may not be fond of it, but they know that by taking that class it will help them further advance in their career goals. This is yet another complication for teachers. Although students may have chosen and need to take that class, many students fail to do tasks properly, and then they are doing things that do not appeal to them. These situations can lead to both late or even missing assignments that cause stress throughout the individual's small community.
Overall there are many reasons for this common mistake amongst the student population, but we together need to work at fixing this. If you do not want to take a class then don’t take it, and if you feel you have to take it GET YOUR WORK IN. It’s not an excuse to not do your work because you don’t like a class, it is your job to suck it up and work hard at being better. As Dalai Lama once said “Our prime purpose in life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Help our teachers, students, and parents by putting in some effort, and if you can’t do that don’t hurt them by not getting your stuff in.

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