Gull Lake has excelled at providing its students with a large variety of classes applicable to all different fields. While they can’t add a class for everything, they’ve done the best they could, and it’s certainly appreciated. Are all these classes needed for our education? It may be interesting to take a fencing or marketing class, yet it’s debatable whether or not they are needed for a student’s overall education.
One can argue that these courses aren’t supposed to be regarded as “needed,” but as a learning supplement. Extra curricular classes are designed for students to take alongside their core classes as an extra effort–not something that should be required for them to graduate.
Even though they are implemented as that, a number of students have been slowly taking advantage of the opportunity that these classes provide. Yes, they have been known to help students discover what they want to do in their life, but the main issue remains that some seem to prioritize these electives over core classes. Some students who enjoy their History of Human Thought class will likely decide to spend more time on it than they would with perhaps their core English class. This causes an imbalance among the classes, making grades fluctuate between core and extracurricular classes. Some students might see their grades drop simply because they not wanting to prioritize classes. This can lead to them possibly not graduating, or having to drop their extracurriculars entirely.
But the hardest part when dealing with this topic is how to solve it. We can all agree that if we eliminate extracurriculars it won’t fly well with anybody. School will become a very strict and boring environment, or more boring for certain people, and would upset both students and teachers. Along with that, it’s not like what these classes teach is wrong or necessarily unneeded. They can teach students new ideas and often help them go into college with a leg up on other students in the field they want to dedicate themselves to. The best way to “solve” the issue would probably be to set higher standards on the extracurriculars. Make it so that students have to put in real effort if they wish to keep doing a certain class. This would mean changing the requirements for the class more than just having to take a certain prerequisite classes before it. There would be a standard for grades, making it so that a person would not be able to keep the class if they let their grade drop to a certain level. This will also help eliminate the notion students have that they can take a class because it seems easy or just something they can do so they don’t have to take a different class that would require them to put forth and sort of effort.
In the end I feel that extracurriculars aren’t something that Gull Lake needs, but can still have if we handle it appropriately.