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A student’s view of early release

Chloe King, Silverthorne

As a student in our in our community, I feel that the new release schedule for next year is not extremely beneficial to our community. This schedule change not only affects me, but many others living in Summit County. From the point of view of a student involved in many activities outside of school, this could be potentially devastating. I know that adding 10 minutes a day doesn’t seem like a lot, however in the long run it really is. For instance, in SHS there are many big projects that we work on throughout the year, not all of these are done in class. When you take 10 minutes off of a student’s homework time, they may not get as high a grade as they could have on the project because they didn’t have as much time as they needed to work on it. I know that the school board is trying to make up for this time by giving us 50 minutes a week off. This however could potentially make the issue worse. I say this because when we have “extra” time to do things most of us procrastinate and hang out with friends instead. Ten minutes in a classroom gives us time to read five pages, clean around our desks, or tell five jokes. Fifty minutes is enough time for a whole math lesson, a rough draft for a project, or a lab experiment. Teachers are affected as much as students. Most of the time teachers are in the school at least 30 minutes after school ends. When you add 10 minutes a day to their schedule they’re getting home or where they need to be that much later. Though students receive 50 minutes off on one of the school days the teachers still have to stay at the school those 50 minutes extra. This makes a teacher’s job more time consuming than it has been. We should have a say in decisions made regarding our lives. Officials cannot always know how this affects us directly. We, the nation’s future, need to be given a chance to speak for ourselves. The Summit Daily News welcomes letters to the editor, preferably by e-mail to letters@summitdaily.com. All letters should have author’s name, hometown and phone number.

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