Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010
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by Mackenzie Collins
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?

14 comments:

  1. I think it would be nice to have shorter classes. So much always seems to be crammed into 90 minutes. But 7 classes seems to much as well.

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  2. I support your views. Try nine, forty-minute classes a day like I had in NY. They were short, but left us with so much work after school.

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  3. I completely disagree with you. Where I'm originally from we had a 7 period day. You have plenty of time to learn because you don't have to shove a million different subjects into one class block. It makes it alittle easier to learn, plus with a 7 period day you get a study hall which really helps you.
    I personally love this idea because I'm more comfortable with it.

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  4. I really don't want seven classes a day. I'm doing just fine with not that much homework.

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  5. Don't change something that doesn't need to be fixed. It's that simple. Leave it alone. Good thing I won't be here next year.

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  6. I am definitely against it. Ill be a senior next year and only need a few more credits to graduate. There would be no reason to have seven classes.

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  7. This was a great article on this upcoming issue. While I may be a senior and not be around for any changes, it's great to make a start for those who will have to deal with it.

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  8. This is a great point, and should seriously be considered by the district. If it doesn't even save them money and it just inconveniences the students why do it?

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  9. This is crazy, I don't think that they should go through with this. You have a really good point.

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  10. I'm always for change so I have mixed opinions on this topic. It would be cool to have a new 7 period day however I think that the 4 works alot better

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  11. it really doesent matter to me what the schedule is like the 7 block thing is nothing compared to a ny schedule

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  12. I believe it is good to cut some classes. We have plenty of useless classes that are just a waste of time. If it makes teachers lose too many jobs though, than it is probably not for the best. Also, if students need to take consecutive classes in one year, it would not be possible with this schedule.

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  13. I think you have a good point McKenzie. I personally don't care either way, though seven blocks could be more effective for some students.

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  14. Mackenzie I'm sure you are proud of your article, and you should be. I know the feeling of getting a good story you care about. The feed-back positive or negitive is great pubkisity for your writing. I hope we don't switch, but that is just me. All of that aside, I'm glad you were able to find passion in our class.

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