By: Julia Lennon
What do you do if you do not want to take a class you have been recommended for? It happens a lot; kids get recommended up, kids get recommended down. If you are recommended for an elective you don’t have interest in taking, you just leave it be and do not select it.
However, the process for not accepting recommended core classes can be more difficult. With core classes, you cannot simply discard them. You will have to converse with your teacher either face to face or by email. The best thing to do would probably be to talk face to face. This way you can ask any new questions that may come up quickly and easily.
If you have been recommended for a class you think you could take the next level up in, you need to go to your teacher and ask about it. Tell them why you want to take that course and why you think you can handle the workload. A lot of teachers will trust you with your decision. Something you have to be careful of is if you don’t trust your decision. Don’t just take a course that may be too hard for you just because your friends are taking it. And don’t take it if you’ve got a lump in your throat just thinking about it.
If you are recommended for a higher course, and you know you don’t want to take that, the thing you must do, once again, is talk to your teacher. And don’t forget about your parents; definitely talk to them, too. Go to your teacher and tell them why you don’t want to take that course. They can’t force you to take a course if you don’t want to. But in this situation, you also have to be careful of if you’re not pushing yourself far enough.
Be mindful of the reason why you don’t want to take that class. Is it because you think you can’t handle it, or do you just not feel like it?
Teachers make their recommendations for a reason. If they recommend you higher or lower or the same, there is often times a “why”.
Therefore, if you do not want to take a class you have been recommended for, definitely talk to your teachers and parents. Think about the reasons why you do or do not want to take that course. Challenge yourself, but don’t run yourself off the edge.