Use eight periods to full potential

January 8, 2013

By Veronica Austin

Hall Monitor
Vica Hoffman
Liberty High School

Now that Liberty High School is able to maintain its eight-period schedule, it’s time to use the eight periods to their fullest potential.

Although the current schedule offers more electives to students than any other school in the Issaquah School District, more can be done to make better use of the eight periods.

Liberty’s seniors are able to take up to two class waivers per semester — if they have passing grades. Many seniors end up with six or seven classes out of the eight that are offered. For sophomores and upperclassmen, teacher’s assistant slots are also available.

Rather than having these free periods, why not offer more life skill classes for the upperclassmen who are about to enter the real world?

The majority of high school students don’t know the fundamentals of how our economy works and how they’re directly affected by it when they’re out looking for a job. How about reconciling a bank statement? What is simple and compounded interest? How does our tax system work?

Young people should be aware of all these things when they’re managing money (especially on their own). Not only does it reduce the likelihood of being taken advantage of, but it also makes them more aware and responsible citizens of this country.

Yes, there is a class offered at Liberty that teaches students about personal finances, but there needs to be more classes such as that and upperclassmen should be required to take such classes rather than slip away into the library or off campus or file papers for teachers.

With waivers and teacher’s assistants, Liberty is passing up a perfect opportunity to prepare students for the real world. Having a specific life skill is just as important as being able to decipher William Shakespeare.

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