Letter: Kaneland should stay with block schedules

By on December 30, 2010

In the 2012 school year, Kaneland High School will be switching to an eight-period schedule. They will switch because by doing this, they think students test scores will rise. Another reason is that they want us, the students at Kaneland, to focus on our core classes and not so much on electives.

But in my opinion, I don’t think the eight-period day will work out as Kaneland plans. There are kids at Kaneland who are failing classes now on the block schedule, and an eight-period day will make it twice as hard on the students.

Another reason why I don’t think this is the best idea is because kids who participate in Kaneland athletic teams will have trouble getting their homework and study time in.

Finally, an eight-period day at Kaneland is a bad idea because STEN will no longer be available. There are some students who depend on STEN and who go to to their teachers to get extra help. Without STEN, it will be very difficult for some students.

All in all, I don’t think this will benefit Kaneland. Test scores won’t rise, and more students will be doing poorly in classes. Kaneland is better off staying with the block schedule if they truly want their students to do well.

John Pruett
Kaneland High School