Five credits (one semester) of Health is a graduation requirement. This year, however, Mesa is only offering one section of Health, and it’s online. Some believe that this poses a problem as some students do not have consistent internet access at home.
The change was prompted by some of last year’s schedule conflicts.
Last year was the first year that freshmen had the option of taking AP Human Geography for a semester instead of Freshmen Seminar (note that Freshmen Seminar is not a graduation requirement). However, this year, AP Human Geography was changed to a year-long course.
“[A semester] is not enough. I was so rushed… most of the class didn’t even pass,” said Loralee Sepsey, an AP Human Geography student from last year, who passed with a four on the AP exam.
With the AP Human Geography going yearlong and the abolishment of Freshmen Seminar this year, Health is left with nothing to pair off with. Counselors are advising freshmen to use this opportunity to take a foreign language.
Katie Doan, a junior, said that online classes are harder because you can’t talk to your teacher or ask questions like you can in a normal class.
Former physical-class Health teacher Ms. DeBusk now teaches the online course and four credit recovery classes on campus.
When asked which was better, online or in class, Ms. DeBusk said, “I think they [online classes] are a great opportunity to fit into someone’s busy schedule. But online classes are not for everybody. They are for very disciplined learners, very motivated learners, and independent learners… I think that it’s kind of sad. While the curriculum is the same, I think there is a lot kids miss out on without being in a face to face class. They miss out on pretty amazing guest speakers, including the fire department teaching CPR, nutritionists, abstinence speakers. People with personal stories that are relevant to the class. A lot of times hearing a personal story or experience from somebody makes it more relevant to a student.”