Extra Credit: Issues With Block Scheduling?
Dear Extra Credit:
For the past two years, my son attended Herndon High School part time for advanced math classes, and we found the ABABA BABAB schedule confusing. We had to frequently check the master schedule, as a given day of the week could be a "red" day or a "black" day.
My son is a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Mondays are "anchor days," when the students attend all of their classes. Then they have an ABAB schedule for the rest of the week. That means that every day of the week has a consistent schedule. In addition, it allows for part-time teachers, since teachers can schedule to be at the school Monday, Tuesday and Thursday or Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On a more typical block schedule, part-time teachers would have to be available every day of the week, which does not seem practical.
I'm curious as to why all schools do not adopt this type of a block schedule, as I do not see a single downside to this solution.
Laurie Meyers, Herndon
An intriguing suggestion. Anyone else have trouble with the way block schedules are done?
-- Jay Mathews
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