- Alex Torres
- Oviedo, FL
- United States
English and History classes: Necessities?
I am in the IB program at my high school, and am required to take Higher Level English ad Higher Level History. During history class one day, my teacher was talking to me about the necessity of history class, but to most students the class still seemed "pointless." My teacher's viewpoint is that history class serves as a class to educate the students about how society functions, and the failures and successes in society through political, economic, and social changes.
Some of the students in my class argue that the basic concepts are to be studied, but not the in-depth knowledge of the subject.
In the US, should history classes teach students about the government functions most importantly? We all work in the society, and we all should have historical (and economic) knowledge to have an input in the current government (locally and worldly).
Some students, by high school, know what they want to study, while others do not.
The reason some students are arguing the value of history classes is because the depth of the class is too much for what is needed to be known and understood. The major areas in the world are history (political), and sciences, in terms of school classes that we, students, take. In the IB program most students are interested in the sciences, being able to take organic chemistry in high school or college-level biology 2. They want to further their education.
As for English classes, all I see is learning more about writing skills (essays, voice, tone...)
Current suggestions for discussion: Should the education system have classes, such as US Government and economics, required in elementary to sophomore year of high school, while not requiring further history classes in a student's junior and senior years of high school?
I would appreciate your input on:
How English and History are necessities? To what extent?
How should the education system change in terms of history and english classes, if they should even change?