By Chanel Boyce
For the past year, students at Red Lion Area Senior High were bracing themselves for the forthcoming of block scheduling for the 2014-2015 school year. However, after careful consideration by the staff, students can now expect the traditional seven period schedule to return next school year.
“The traditional scheduling makes it easier for kids who don’t pay attention.”
“I like the traditional scheduling better because I can’t stand sitting in class for a really long time,” sophomore Rebekah Dutton said. Dutton makes a very valid point considering that every class would be over an hour long each if Red Lion switched to block scheduling.
“I would end up losing interest and not being able to focus,” Dutton adds bringing another really good point into play. Many students don’t pay attention in class as it is, so having more class time is more than likely going to result in the students’ loss of interest, thus, lowering their grades.
Lower grades would then result in more AAR (Academic at Risk), leading to more phone calls or emails to parents, creating a domino effect.
“The traditional scheduling makes it easier for kids who don’t pay attention,” sophomore Debbie Paules said.
Plus, with traditional scheduling students would not have to worry as much about forgetting the information they learned. Whereas with block scheduling, having the class only half a year may cause students to forget the information which may cause problems in the future.
Going back to the traditional scheduling was definitely the more commendable decision, considering the effects the block scheduling may have on student learning.