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SCHEDULE FOR CHANGE

ARIELLE BEAK

STAFF WRITER

   You wake up in the morning and make your way to Pinewood, preparing yourself for the classes to come and tests to fly in from every direction. All of a sudden, you stop in your tracks, puzzled. Yes, it’s a Tuesday, but is it Day 2? Or is it a Day 4? Maybe even a Day 3? It’s a common phenomenon that has happened to the best of us Pinewoodians, understandable from the recent schedule changes that were instilled just this year.

   As opposed to the Day 5 schedule of previous years where all classes took place at a meager 42 minutes, the up to date schedule consists of a repeating day one through four throughout the weeks. While the prior day-five schedules contained all classes stuffed into one day, the hectic, concise, and often assembly filled day is no longer. The weeks of the school year are now filled with 87 minute classes packed with productivity and sufficient
test-taking time.

   In theory, while the new schedule sounds like a logical and practical pathway for the administration to take, this isn’t always the case for students. If you have had trouble memorizing the schedule in past years, all I can say is, good luck. It can be disorienting to be mentally prepared for one class, only to realize that you’re on the wrong day. I myself have had many a moment where I’ll be walking
to a class,

only to screech to a halt and make a full 180 when being hit with a wave of “oops, wrong class!” It’s also worth noting that the traditional “day one on an actual Monday”
will only come

around every five weeks. In between, get used to having your Mondays on a Friday, vice versa, or a
completely different pattern.

   The demise of Day 5 was not all met with cheers and fireworks. Friday schedules were often a calming respite from the meaty 87 minute block classes of Monday through Thursday. Being able to see every teacher on the last day of the week gave students the opportunity to clear away the rubble of any assignment or test confusion before the weekend. Classes were to the point, a summation of the
week’s educational endeavors.

   Even so, Day 5 was not a resounding crowd favorite. Many complained of the cumbersome weight of lugging around a backpack teeming to capacity from the materials needed for all of his or her classes. Others found fault with the short nature of Friday classes, that it was too short to accomplish anything of value.

   While all these disadvantages seem to burden the novelty of a fresh schedule, the change was made for a reason. School is a place of learning, and it is the responsibility of the administration to optimize student education. In the end, Day 5 was simply inconvenient and impractical. While it fit nicely with a five day school week, the four day schedule is efficient and gets the job done. Whatever the general consensus is, it seems the new schedule is definitely here to stick around.

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