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Heath High Schools Block Scheduling

Buses waiting to pick up students to take the to the academy.

Buses waiting to pick up students to take the to the academy.

Buses waiting to pick up students to take the to the academy.

Buses waiting to pick up students to take the to the academy.

Courtney Thompson, Advertising Manager, Writer

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This school year has been a huge adjustment for students at Rockwall Heath High School. The school district changed into a block scheduling system this school year, and it is not the best.

Block scheduling, at least the way we have it, is not good. There are many negatives to block scheduling and it is not what’s the best or easiest for students.

Students not being able to focus for as long as the class periods are now, along with not seeing the material everyday therefore not retaining it as well as we normally would are some examples of why block scheduling doesn’t work well. Lunches are also shortened, which no student is happy about. Not to mention the fact that we have two classes daily aside from the block scheduling, which is just more confusing rather than inconvenient. And lastly, it can cause students to become procrastinators even if they weren’t before. This happens because students will not attend that class the next school day, allowing them to push off that classes work for another day, and then possibly forget about it all together.

On the other hand, it is understandable as to why we have block scheduling. With the new Dr. Gene Burton College and Career Academy, the buses need time to travel back and forth while still providing student with enough class time to be productive. Also, some students like the new amount of time for homework. However, there are way more negatives for block scheduling, and the buses could be worked out with regular scheduling.

The academy buses need time to travel, however those class periods could just be shortened. There are many ways to work around this one problem to avoid the many that block scheduling causes.

While there is no “win-win” solution, there is a stronger argument against block scheduling than for it, and Heath High School should just go back to its regular, nine classes a day, schedule. The new scheduling is just not as beneficial as students would have hoped and the old schedule system should be brought back in order to make students lives easier. After all, happy students means easy students for the staff.

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