Articulate summary of 8-period day perilsby Ann Sutherland on 02/20/19
(but first, let me remind readers that Dr. Scribner refuses to allow a vote even though this is clearly a policy matter, which, by law, is the board's responsibility.)
The parent writes,
"Like so many things in FWISD, the trial balloon of adding an 8th period to the school day of our middle school and high school students was rolled out without regard for the consequences of this policy.
In a misguided attempt to help students who are "behind" in graduation credits...you have punished:
Our teachers - who do not have enough time to teach their coursework - 45 minute classes are not adequate, and they are not getting extra pay for the additional lesson planning and grading you have added to their plate
Our administrators - who were promised that this would magically lead to smaller class sizes, and who are struggling with shortened passing periods and lunches, and facilities usage
Our students - who now have yet another course to manage in their already over-packed school days, leading to endless amounts of homework, excessive stress levels and abbreviated lunches - they will be choosing to take easier classes just to manage the loads
I have two students at Arlington Heights, both are in honors, pre-AP and AP classes. WE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY AP LEVEL CLASSES NEXT YEAR! NOT ONE! And our family is not alone!
You heard me right...this year has been such a nightmare that we will be speaking to our academic counselors and adjusting the classes they choose to to register for downward, just to balance out the ridiculous work load. My students (and many of their high achieving classmates) will be signing up for four of the easiest electives possible and NO AP level classes just to balance out their lives!
Not the outcome you had hoped for! There are real consequences to your decisions.
If you keep this policy in place, over the next 5 years FWISD will lose all the momentum it had achieved in the past decade, as far as students registering for AP and Dual Credit courses. It will all disappear!
Your haphazard decision to add an 8th period (to help students who are "behind") has punished my students and has increased their workload exponentially and added to their stress level in ways you cannot even imagine.
Neither student has time to eat lunch and socialize...instead they are forced to get to classes before school, during lunch and after school just to stay caught up and get all their work turned in on time and all their quiz and test grades brought up. They are frustrated, exhausted and running on empty...I just hope they can get through this school year.
Please correct this policy, before FWISD reaps the devastating results. We have already decided to "dumb down" the course selections of our high achieving students, to balance out your mistake."