College Students should have more Freedom to choose their Courses
Specific Purpose: To satisfy target audience that the government of the United States and the faculty of college needs to give students more control and say in the choice of their courses.
Central Idea: by complete traditional college system transformation and new system registration that gives students more freedom.
- When a person thinks of college more specifically high school, you often think of an opportunity to start deciding on what life will be like for you as reflected in the subjects you major in
- It is shocking to realize that traditional education system is still in use even with advancement in technology
- Students need to undertake compulsory courses that the school chooses for them, which may not be related to their majors
- College is the beginning of career path for every person, after carrying out general duties for eighteen years. Availability of general courses in college gets rid of the institution’s role.
- Isn’t this a waste of money and time? Colleges should stop being rigid and start offering freedom to students to choose courses of interest (Jayasinghe 1).
Views: while joining college, every student has a dream, to build their lives the way they intend it, which begins with studying in the areas that interest them
- A) I am of the idea that college enables each student to evaluate personal strengths, capabilities and skills in their chosen career paths, which is not so with compulsory courses that are not related to the majors
- As a matter of fact, this prevents chances of realizing this goal
- It is clear that there are many subjects that a student will perform well and others poorly by the time one clears high school
- Imposing some subjects as a student is poor in, in the college program as a co-course leads to mental and physical anguish. It is common for students to drop out of class and fail in their major of interest (Noddings 8-13).
- Failure has its way of making a person feel unappreciated and nonetheless, continued failure.
- If the same student is given freedom to major in what they perform better, they is a great change, the student is lively in class and every new idea that generates interest and curiosity will eventually lead to excellent performance.
- It is additionally unfair and uneconomical for a person to pay more fees for courses that will not help them in the future. Giving student’s freedom to choose their classes enables them to pay for only what they are interested in as per their career ambitions (Great Britain House of Commons 370).
Transition: The opposers also have some solid points
- Some people will still consider that schools should ensure all round development
- Taking compulsory subjects and majors allows a student to discover other areas of interest and to expand their horizons.
- It is their belief that the curriculum of schools makes students more focused in education and that it teaches a person to make right choices
- If students can choose their courses of interest, they will only settle for less involving and easy courses, making the compulsory courses ideal.
- Students are known to discover their potential through exposure to different courses.
- There is also concern that some students will not settle for the right courses for their majors and this will cause problems to the person in the future, more specifically in the career market.
- Compulsory courses are present to help the student to gain more from the institution and to increase their career because a well-rounded student is produced.
- It is also an ideal safe net to help students qualify for different jobs as opposed to one (Honigman 36).
Transition: Let me focus on evaluation of the opposers concerns
- For eighteen years, a college student has already undergone general education, hence this is a student who is whole rounded and understands the area of interest already
- Compulsory courses therefore only play a role in making learning a difficult, tiresome and strenuous process with no additional value.
- It is additionally true that there are students who will consider less challenging and easy courses which they will be good at
- The strategy of choosing college courses on your own will be known to all pre-college students who will afterwards analyze what they are good at in high school and choose what they will major in.
- It is a method of instilling a sense of independence, responsibility, thinking and ability to make the right decisions
- Life has also taught many individuals to ensure safety and avoid risks in everything thy do. Doing many courses as a safety in the end however, leads to mediocrity. On the other hand, taking programs of interest is a challenge that leads to excellence.
- Excellence attracts success at all times and many students become self-employed while others manage high end jobs because they are experts at what they do and nothing beats passion (Jon, Marion & Springer 2).
- It is essential to note that choosing subjects of interest that does not necessarily mean that tutors cannot advise a student
- It is imperative for students to make wise and informed decisions about their lives (Bok 75)
- The students must stay open to new techniques and ideas as well as external input to ensure enhanced growth
- General education was already introduced in early life and repetition of the same thing in college leads to large number of dropouts as well as failure in college. This is against the purpose of college which is gaining knowledge in area of interest for all (Downing 17).
I believe that every student should be given room to choose own classes
- When a person is doing something that is of interest, he or she will give it the best, more confidence and in many cases, a person excels. The student will have the knowledge for many years to come thus assisting him or her in future career.
- Part of being in school is to teach responsibility and to make sound decisions. Imposing courses therefore beats logic because students are still in a position to ensure they are micro managed by the system as well as the society at large. Instead of having free spirits, we end up producing robots from college that are used in taking orders and doing what is required. The world as at now, needs free thinkers and individuals who will dare to things in a different way and not robots.
- The traditional college curriculum system should also be eliminated to pave way for a new curriculum that would enable a person to accomplish personal goals of being in college.
- Excellence is for tailor made for those who dare think outside the box and comes with all success in the world. Don’t we all want this for all students, future employers, bosses and future generations? Everyone deserves freedom to choose what they need and a student is not different.
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Great Britain House of Commons. Students and Universities: Eleventh Report of Session 2008-09. Vol 2: Oral and Written Evidence, 2009. Incorporating HC 370
Honingman, Derrick. Choosing a College: Why the Best College may be your Worst Choice. IUniverse Corp, chapter 2, 2003.pg 36.
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Sally, P. Springer, Jon Reider & Marion R. Franc. Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College, Epub Edition . John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2009. Print.