Pros and Cons of Computerized Schedules

This year, adminstration and staff moved to a computerized scheduling process. This means that students do not get to pick what hour they have each of their classes.

“I do not like this,” said sophomore Lindsey Fox.

She seems to not be the only one.

“I think that we should be able to pick our schedules for a lot of reasons, like being able to pick what hour you have hard classes, and so you don’t have a lot of hard classes at once,” said sophomore Emily Rodenberg.

But what makes students pick which hour they have each class?

“I want to pick my schedule because I have to take certain classes like chemistry before I take the ACT,” said Fox.

While some students want to pick for future needs, some pick for other reasons.

“If you are taking two AP (Advanced Placement) classes you don’t want them to be in the same term because that is too difficult,” said sophomore Holland Hogden. “When choosing your own schedule you can resolve any of those problems.”

Other students pick their classes in order to avoid certain teachers.

“Some teachers are better liked in the ways that they teach,” said Fox.

Just as students learn in different ways, teachers teach in different ways.

“It’s not about ‘avoiding’ teachers. It’s about finding which teachers will benefit you the most,” said Hogden.

According to Rodenberg, some students just don’t like the way certain teachers teach.

“The sad thing is, it’s mostly off of recommendation. I have heard that a teacher can be a huge witch, so I didn’t want to have her for a teacher at all,” said sophomore Lillian Murphy. “But sometimes my classes go off of what teacher has each hour because you don’t know most of the time what teacher is teaching what. But with avoiding certain teachers I might be missing out on their teaching or something even if they weren’t bad and it was just the student.”

Dealing with conflict can make teenagers grow into responsible people.

“I had a professor in college that I didn’t get along with, and his class made me learn strategies to use when dealing with people I didn’t have the best relationship with. Also, I learned more in that class,” said math teacher Dawn Peterson.

And then there is the conflict of sports and extracurricular activities and school.

“I like picking our schedules because I don’t want hard classes when I have to go to practice after school for two hours and then come home and do a mountain of homework,” said junior Alyssa Anderson.

But how would that work if someone has sports all year?

“It wouldn’t really matter if they picked their classes then, because they just have so much to do. They have to do crazy things with their out of school schedules,” said Anderson.