By: Baylea Bruce @baylea_marie [Yearbook Editor]
Freshman year is a year full of change. The differences between high school and middle school can be a hard adjustment. One of the things that freshman need to get used to is the block scheduling. Sometimes it takes a big brother or sister explaining it multiple times. The classes seemed like they would last forever. Now us upperclassman might need to learn how to adjust, with talk of getting rid of block scheduling.
The new schedule would consist of eight 40-50 minute periods, possibly containing a study hall. While a study hall does sound nice, it would only be a little bit longer than our current M block. Students were already not happy with M block because it is so short so not a whole lot can be done it that amount of time. This study hall wouldn’t be any better. Also, with the added workload of 3 more classes, more homework could happen. More time would have to be spent each night just doing what’s needed for each class. Also, finals week would be terrible having to study for potentially seven tests. This is time most students simply don’t have.
Another thing to think about is, this would be rough on the teachers. This new scheduling might cause teachers to have to teach the same class four time in a row. Teachers could quickly grow tired of this subject, losing the passion that makes a good teacher. Students would also lose a lot of time with there teachers. English teachers couldn’t give us 20 minutes to read because that would take up almost half of class. Science classes couldn’t do very in depth labs. It would cause a loss in learning.
There may be some pros and cons to block scheduling, but eight period days might create even more problems then we have now. More homework and less time with our teachers would put us at a serious disadvantage. We need to voice our opinions and make sure the school board doesn’t make a decision that would seriously affect learning.