Monday, January 29, 2018

Block scheduling by Dawson Johnson



Howdy Miscreants! I’m back from Christmas break, and I’ve been thrown right back into the fray in Journalism. I was given the topic of block scheduling --is it good or is it bad should? Should we have switched to it in the first place? What do some people around the school think about it? So first of all I can’t simply say that it’s good or it’s bad because it isn’t something that’s black and white. So instead, I’ll go over the pros and cons of block scheduling. (Which believe it or not with what Mr. Graham says there are cons to this scheduling.) Though to be a glass half-full kind of guy, I’ll start with the pros first.
First of all block scheduling actually lowers student dropout rates and lowers failing grades. There is more class time in a day for student-teacher interaction as well as longer learning activities. That’s just a few, but I’m going over the basics of this, so on to the cons.
What you will notice is that these cons will relate to the pros in an interesting way.
One con is that even though drop out rates and failing grades reduce in size, the overall highest grades drop. So basically block scheduling raises the floor but lowers the roof, so you have less failures but also less exceeders. Next is that even though you have more class time in a day over the school year, you end up having less instruction time due to the day swapping thing that we do. With this you also have day long breaks from a class while you do other classes giving you plenty of time to forget what’s going on. So this overall hurts you in the long run, in my opinion.
After my research on this, I have decided that block scheduling makes school easier making it harder to fail but impossible to exceed, hurting the school and all its students in the process. Now that I’ve had my say, it’s time to hear from students and teachers around the school.

Andrew: “I think block scheduling is not as good as what we had before, but it’s ok.”
Kayla: “It’s pretty cool.”
John: “I prefer block scheduling over normal scheduling because it gives me more time in a class and makes me feel less overwhelmed because I have less homework to do.”
Logan: “What I think about block scheduling is that it has its advantages and its disadvantages. Like-- hey, guess what? I have more class time to do all my work, but at the same time you don’t see your teachers every day so it’s easy to forget information. I like it, but it isn’t perfect though.
Jagger: “I don’t really care about it; it’s pretty much the same so…”
Rachel: “It’s alright; it was confusing at first, but you got used to it.”
Mrs. Chapman: “I really like block scheduling especially with EAST because for the projects we do it gives us more time to work. I actually wish we had block all day instead of having it half block and half not.”
Mr. Graves: “There’s proof that it hurts the math department.”

As you see the majority basically said they were ok with it. Only a few thought it was a complete improvement, and then some just plain didn’t care. Though many who basically just said it was ok didn’t care much either because the outlook is that we’re students, so let’s just get the day done and get home. And if you think I’m completely against block scheduling,in truth, I’m not. I would prefer to go back to the original scheduling, but if we don’t, I’ll just keep on working because, like everyone else, I just want to get the day done and go home. Perhaps if more of us cared, if we showed that we prefer a different way, a difference could be made to improve the school for everyone. Until then, we’ll do whatever Mr. Graham and the school board comes up with.


Sources:
westsideschools.org (image)
thoughtco.com (info)
jefflindsay.com (info)
educationworld.com (info)

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