Scheduled for Change
Adopting new timetable to cause problems
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Recently Decatur has been using the same schedule, but now things might be changing. Students currently attend all classes Monday through Wednesday, but on Thursday and Friday they attend evens, then odds. The school board recently met to discuss the idea of students attending all classes everyday during the week. This schedule change presents issues for students and teachers. This proposed schedule appears to affect students’ time management, teacher’s ability to manage all classes during the week, stress levels, lunch plans for students, and various appointments.
Time management plays a big role in students’ daily lives, often the main contributor in homework management. The current schedule allows students to have a long class period and day separating the regular arrangement. This allows students to accomplish specific homework on those nights without worry, but this new timetable causes potential issues for students due to the vast amount of work to accomplish with a limited amount of time. The new schedule appears to affect students’ in an unfavorable way due to the shortened amount of time they have to the complete daily work.
Controlling a large amount of students is difficult as of now, but the new schedule change will cause teachers to find it even more difficult with consistently consulting every student. The current schedule allows instructors to spend a larger amount of time in class with students at the end of the week, giving them time to ask for help in each class. Since longer classes allow longer activities, students’ won’t be able to complete labs, presentations and test with the shortened class periods.
School is a heavy weight on students’ shoulders, especially in the area of stress. The current schedule grants students the time to focus on a set of classes at a time. Students’ stress level will increase, as well as loss of focus, if the schedule was replaced. Time management and stress level play hand-in-hand, especially when students must complete homework every night for their continuous attendance in classes.
Many students enjoy going off campus during lunch. Students now have approximately 50 minutes to go off campus, but with this schedule, lunch will be cut down to a shorter amount of time. The issue of unsafe drivers presents a huge worry for the district, however with this schedule, students press towards the idea of driving faster so they can eat without a chance of being tardy. The new agenda causes students to rush and drive unsafely, as well as reducing the amount of time students have to eat due with long lines and off campus lunches.
As of now, students make appointments earlier in the day with Thursday and Friday’s schedule. However, with students now getting out later everyday, students won’t be able to make earlier appointments. Students with doctors outside of town won’t be able to attend appointments, especially if office hours differ. The new agenda will make it harder for students to attend out of town appointments and will cause them to miss more classes.
If the schedule changes, this will affect everyone negatively. Students will suffer from lack of time management, stress, and teachers won’t be able to effectively spend the amount of time needed with students. Along with those key issues, students won’t have enough time to attend doctor appointments after school. The new timetable will only cause problems for students and teachers that have to adjust.