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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:11 am, Wed Aug 8, 2012.

Do teenagers learn better studying three or four subjects at a time in longer class periods? Or is it more effective to take more classes at once and see every teacher for a shorter class period?

These are the questions the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees has begun to wrestle with, but no decision was made as to whether a block schedule or a traditional schedule allows for more effective learning.

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3 comments:

  • Allen Davis posted at 3:57 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    allenluchador Posts: 16

    Block scheduling isn't about a later starting time Mr. Ereth. But that issue has been considered as well. Edison experimented with it a few years ago. A later starting time ment that the same students that failed to come on time earlier were also tardy at the later time. A lot of parents that work would rather students were off early along with them rather than waiting around home on their own to go to school.
    Early start times vs later start times have never correlated with school performance.
    The issue is more in the minds of people that think, "Those poor adolescents, they have to go to school so early". Well get a hold of reality kids, the world is not built around your convenience. Go to bed early, and get up early. Parents are responsible to parent, not be their children's warm fuzzy friend. I see many young people getting excellent grades and they go to school early, and even take zero period classes at 6:30. Go figure that.

     
  • Allen Davis posted at 3:52 pm on Sat, Aug 25, 2012.

    allenluchador Posts: 16

    So, here we go again. Block scheduling is up for consideration. It was voted down before and someone seems to think it needs reconsideration. Administrators at districts throughout the country are always trying to be "innovative", trying to add another "new idea implemented" to their resume. Meanwhile students suffer.
    We saw LUSD implement "everyone goes to college" curriculum. There was "whole language reading". "Mainstreaming all Special Ed Students" is another.

    We all know what negative effects on learning those "innovations" have had. So now we are rehashing block scheduling. The results prove it doesn't work or is inconclusive. Yet, our administrators are willing to gamble our young people's education to further their resume padding.

    Anyone remotely familiar with the learning process know that small amounts of information over a long period is more effective than large amounts of information in short periods of time. This is what you get with block scheduling. Year long classes are reduced to semester length. Class periods are twice as long. You may only go to Math or English classes three days a week yet for same amount of minutes as in regular schedules. Take a closer look, the minutes are not the same. Attention spans wane. You take Algebra 1 in your first semester and don't revisit it for Algebra 2 until a year later. This is not a good scenario for many classes that build on each other.

    Put it to rest LUSD. Do something really innovative by reigning in the costs for an ESC building and personnel that is out of control. Let some of those secretaries, that wander around looking for something to do, go and find work elsewhere. Hire more teachers. Quit takeing the lowest bid and projects and take the bid that doesn't cost you more in the long run, ie: Millswood, and McNair. (The list is much longer)
    And why does our District still pay for a Cadillac Escalade for our Superintendent?

     
  • William Ereth posted at 4:39 pm on Wed, Aug 8, 2012.

    WEreth Posts: 1

    From what I understand, most, if not all, High Schools that have later starting times (like 8:00 or 9:00) do better because the students are better rested. Has the school district discussed this to help students with their grades and state testing?

     
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