People hold different views toward the issue that whether middle school students should choose courses as they want. Although compulsory subjects are significant, I agree with the idea that more autonomy needs to be given to students to make their own curriculum.
On the one hand, some people reckon that core subjects cannot be overlooked. This is true to some extent because the function of compulsory courses is to lay the foundation for student’s future study. For instance, mathematics is the basic subject for all courses in natural science, which also plays an unparalleled role in our daily lives. However, this does not automatically mean that all the students must adhere to a uniform curriculum because devoting energy to acquiring knowledge which is not in line with their future prospects tends to have limited impacts on their development. For example, compelling students who wish to be an artist to study math and physics is indeed a waste of time and energy.
On the other hand, letting students choose courses freely is doomed to have positive effects. As interest is the best teacher, students tend to learn subjects which match their interests faster and better with enthusiasm. Therefore, their potentials can be easily exploited, and thus they are more likely to attain positive academic results. In the long run, after applying what they have learnt to practice, these youngsters tend to outperform their peers in career development.
Above all, although I do agree that the compulsory course plays a critical role in school education, I hold the view that students should choose some courses they are interested in.
Receive a well-rounded education 接受全面的教育
uniform curriculum 统一的课表
lay the foundation 奠定基础
comprehensive ability 综合素质