Voting on 8-period dayby Ann Sutherland on 02/13/19
I have asked Dr. Scribner and President Jackson to place a vote on discontinuing the 8-period day on the agenda.
The UEA survey indicates that 77% of secondary teachers disagree with the statement, "The 8-period day has resulted in positive academic results." In addition, 70% want it discontinued.
The 8-period day mandate was implemented without board approval last year. As a result, (a) after five minutes are subtracted from the class time, learning time has decreased from 50 to 40 minutes a day, a 20% decrease in classroom learning.
More troubling, last night's Annual Performance Report indicates there was an increase in violent and criminal incidents of 17% after four years of improving performance.
And again, 2/3 of our teachers say restorative discipline is not working (how could it when there is nowhere enough time for individual student/staff consultation?). And 20% of our teachers say they do not feel safe in their classrooms.
To continue these practices is foolhardy.