Originally posted by ira
Some people believe that university students should be required to attend classes. Others believe that going to classes should be optional for students. Which point of view do you agree with? Use specific reasons and details to explain your answer.
The issue of whether students should be required to attend classes or if going to classes should be optional is a controversial one. On the one hand, in order to achieve the best results in studying people have to be pushed by somebody. If students would have a choice between going to classes and partying, I think they would choose a second one. On the other hand, students who are willing to study will visit as many classes as possible, and if they do not go to certain classes is only because they use other activities for studying. However, in the final analysis, I believe that all students should be required to attend classes.
One reason for my belief is that from the nature people are lazy. Studying is a hard work. Nevertheless that Aristotle once said, “The educated differ from the uneducated as the living from the dead,” people have to be motivated to study. When we are in the university, we meet many interesting people. The life of students is full of different activities such as sports, visiting friends and celebrating different events. Since studying requires much work, studying is not #1 activity that students would do if they would have that choice.
Another reason for my belief is that students do not have the experience and knowledge that would help students to choose those classes that would be the most useful for them. Studying programs are made by professors and many people who had done much research about which classes would be the most useful for studying different subjects. For example, if people study Market of Economy and Management, they have to attend many classes that include mathematics, economy, etc. What would happen if somebody do not like calculus? Then he or she would not be able to graduate, or he or she would have not enough skills to be a good specialist in the economy.
However, some classes should be optional. But these classes have to be an addition to the classes that are required. For instance, if one studies in the School of Business and wants to get a job in a particular finance area, then he or she should attend those classes that would be most helpful in order to obtain knowledge of the profession that he or she wants to get.
For all these reasons I believe that university students have to be required to attend classes. However, there should be some addition classes that students could choose in order to increase their knowledge of the particular profession.