Six-period schedule inhibits learning opportunities
May 15, 2012
By Elise Tinseth
As I leave high school, I leave a curriculum threatened by change. At this crucial point in my life I have been looking back on my time at Liberty High School and I have realized how much our eight-period schedule has impacted me.
I have been able to take many more challenging and fun classes than my friends at both Issaquah and Skyline have been able to in order to fulfill their required credits such as health and software technology.
Last month, I sat down with my brother to plan out which courses he was going to take over his high school career. We wrote down all of the ones he was interested in, the required ones and the ones that he wanted to take to enrich and challenge himself. As we organized his classes into years, we ended up making two lists: one where we planned for an eight-period schedule and one where we had to limit ourselves to a six-period schedule.
As we siphoned off classes to construct the six-period schedule, I realized all of the things that he would be missing out on that I had already gotten the opportunity to enjoy. All of the classes that we crossed off are missed opportunities. I have had the chance to take journalism, Advanced Placement art and AP biology, all of which would not have been possible without the eight-period schedule.
Our final solution to his prospective schedule, assuming that the eight-period schedule will survive one more year, is to cram all of his interests into one year. Next year, he will triple up on sciences to fit in all of his scientific interests with the impending schedule.
My brother is a curious, active student who would be restricted by a new schedule. I want my brother to have all of the opportunities that I’ve had. He wants the eight-period schedule because it enhances his opportunity to learn, which I wholeheartedly support.