I remember this moment very well being in a counselor’s office and her telling me that I was allowed to take two elective courses during semester. I doubtfully looked at her thinking what “electives” were. After a while, I understood that most American high schools offer electives apart from required courses.
Most western countries offer elective courses in high schools. These courses allow students to feel motivated and engaged as they chose them based on their interest. I had never heard about elective courses till my student exchange years in the USA. This feeling of choice is still in my mind. It is believed that electives should be chosen according to your interest as well as your strengths. Students do feel differently in elective courses comparing to required subjects. The reason is that no one distates you what to take. Elective courses drags you into this unique environment where all your ideas and thoughts stick into one, which form your personality.
But what about our schools in Kazakhstan? Not many of them offer electives. A typical student of Kazakhstani high school goes through required subjects, in the end asking herself or himself a question: “Who do I want to be in future?”. Several studies show that students choose their major according to elective courses they took during their high school years. This is exactly what I did when I chose my degree. The question of offering electives has been widely discussed ever since the topic of 12 year system appeared in Kazakhstani educational sphere. This is a good opportunity for Kazakhstani schools to step into a new level of education. In addition, I believe electives would be an essential part to include in our system of education due to two reasons: personal interest followed by motivation and career choice.
To conclude, I would say that every career choice or free time activity is mostly followed by personal interest. However, this personal interest should be developed from earlier days, as stated above, from school years as this period of time will push for an effective and responsible decision making process regarding your future.