Students’ Learning Restricted by Available Classes

By Gina Cantale

Teachers have always told us that history is an important subject because it teaches us about where we came from and what life was like before us. It teaches us to learn from the past. If this is the case, I find myself wondering why we don’t have more options for history classes.

Freshman year, students are required to take World History, then U.S. History as a sophomore. Yet after that, students don’t take any more actual history classes because of classes like Government and Economics. There are few other options or electives for history classes. What if students wanted to continue their knowledge of the world and its history? What if they needed to know more about history for future careers? It seems those students are out of luck.

Our school should have more history electives because some students might want to go more in depth on subjects we cover in World History or U.S. History. There is so much information, and so many topics and dates in history that we only get to learn the basics and learn the beginning of it all. There is no time to go in depth on all of the events and time periods, so we don’t get to learn a lot of important and interesting details. Instead we are rushed through and held back because we don’t have enough time. We should add electives on certain subjects or time periods. Students may be interested in classes about the World Wars, Ancient Empires, Renaissance and Medieval Times, or American Wars. There are so many subjects that could stand on their own as an elective.

I don’t think that students should have to be restricted on their learning, especially if the reason is that the school isn’t offering them more options to learn. These new electives would be helpful to students who may want to become a future history teacher or professor, or who wants a job in a certain field that requires history. I feel students are being held back on knowledge that they could be getting. Some people might think that these classes are unnecessary because they feel history isn’t as important as math or science, but I think that it is just as important to learn.

The World History and U.S. History are very useful classes, and even though students don’t get to go in to a lot of detail, I still learned a lot. Not every student is interested in or needs to have more history classes than those two, which is why there could be electives so students have the choice. We are lucky to have so many great history teachers that know what they are doing and are very well educated, so they do make sure that students learn as much as possible in those classes.

Our school needs to have more choices for students’ history classes. There may be some students that may not care much about these classes, but it is unfair to restrict and hold back the students who have the desire and passion to learn more about history. Teachers encourage us to be passionate about school and enjoy learning, but how are we supposed to enjoy learning if the things we want to learn about aren’t available to us?