Should Schools Change to Shorter Class Schedules?

OPINION: Changes I’d Make to Flowers High School


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Raegan Travers and Editor: Virginia Bates

Charles Herbert Flowers High School is a good school, but it could be better. I know that many people will disagree with me on this, but I believe that one aspect of CHFHS that should be changed is the class schedules. One-hour and 30-minute classes, in my opinion, are not as effective as people may believe.

When I’m interested in something, my attention span usually lasts about 30 minutes. When I’ve been dreading a class for 24 hours straight, my attention span begins to dwindle as soon as I walk into the classroom.

To easily solve this problem, I believe our school should implement 45-minute classes.

There are a few reasons why I believe our school should have 45-minute class periods. One of the main reasons is to maintain consistency. I believe that many important core classes should be taught on a daily basis to aid in more effective learning rather than cramming a lot of information into a one hour and thirty minute session and expecting it to be remembered a few days later.

There are also outliers in which we miss an A or B day due to unforeseen circumstances.

Every other week, we only have two A or B days, which doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. We’d only have one A or B day if we skipped or missed a day. It is much more difficult to retain information when you alternate between A and B days. If we end Friday on a B-day, the next one won’t be for another four days. In some ways, it feels like I’m being cheated out of my education.

All of this information is piled on top of each other, and it’s supposed to be my fault for forgetting it over the course of two to four days after only hearing it once. I recognize that my education is “partly” my responsibility, but it is also the responsibility of those who are paid to educate me.

Having 45-minute classes would allow educational material to be presented at a reasonable pace and then reviewed the following day. It would relieve a lot of stress from trying to overload everything in order to keep up with the school curriculum.