I’m sure you’ve all been informed about the possibility of our four block days being changed to seven period days. The question is to be for it or to be against it.
The district has seriously been considering switching our schedules to traditional, seven period schedules and reducing our fine arts program due to budget problems. Having a seven period schedule would mean our now 90 minute classes would be reduced to 45 minute classes. Most would think, “That’s awesome! No more super long classes.” Well, think again. Yes, classes now can be slightly drawn out and tiring, but we’re accustomed to it. 45 minutes is just clearly not enough time for us to complete our desired tasks.
We would no longer have semsters, our teachers would remain the same throughout the entire year. Having seven classes, consisting of mostly academics would result in an obscene amount of homework for us students. The amount of credits that you can possibly gather for college, will decrease as will our class choices. The list continues.
What myself and many others do not understand is, where are they even saving money in this transaction? If they decide to rid of some teachers, they will eventually need to hire a new person to fill in the position. Think about it this way, most teachers currently teach 6 classes a year right now. If we switch to traditional scheduling, each teacher will continue to teach 6 classes a year.
So is this really saving money, or just jumbling up the routine we all know so well?