Rattling Chains Class Discussion Reflection

Noddings stressed the importance of student choice in tracking programs. In class discussion, I brought up one possible solution.  I suggested students be offered a choice in every class they take, not in a specific track.  Students would be given the course overview of each course in a catalog and could choose the courses they want to take.  To refrain from students choosing the easiest class they can pick from, there needs to be structure in the number of specific types of courses (i.e. languages, electives, sciences, etc.). Teachers and advisors need to really know their students to guide them through choices in future courses.  By offering students these options, students do not have to choose between college and career right away, but between which classes interest them most.  Then, students can learn from these interests, with guidance from their counselors, to go into the appropriate path after high school.

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