Required Vs Electives

There are many required classes at Davis, but sometimes they limit options for available electives. When students know what they want to be and feel like the classes they need to take in order to graduate aren’t helping them with their chosen career, it can be frustrating.

Principal Dee Burton said, “I think the sequence of courses we have to have for graduation is great for the middle of the road kid who really still needs to learn some things.”

For the students at Davis who don’t know what they want to do, required classes can benefit them and give them the basic education and variety of classes they need to decide what career they want. But for those who have a specific idea of what they want, the system might not be as advantageous.

Daphne Kelly, a junior who wants to be a radio host, says that being required to take all the mandatory classes and not having that much room for electives doesn’t give you the chance to figure out what you want to do. “I don’t like sitting through classes that I’m not going to ever use again,” said Kelly.

When students have a career choice that is not very common, Davis may not be able to provide them with the resources and education to follow their chosen career as well as a student with a more common career choice such as a doctor, entrepreneur, or architect.

            Elective classes are what make high school more enjoyable. To have a schedule filled with required classes can sometimes feel restricting.“The things you want to take, they become limited so education doesn’t become fun anymore… There’s no room for experiment,” said Burton. Burton agrees that Davis can’t prepare students for every career option and  recognizes that the present system is flawed.                 Unlike Kelly, Jake West, a senior who wants to be a pediatrician, says that the required classes are what help students discover their interests because of the variety that they provide. “Whatever you want to do, you can pretty much do.” says West.