Looking for opinions regarding Block sys
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|Thu, 02-09-2006 - 4:29pm|
Hi, I am looking for opinions from others who have had expereince with or knowledge of block system cirriculum for middle and high school kids - pros and cons.
the way our school works is that the kids have 4 classes each semester (2 semesters per year) the classes are 1:45 minutes long. as a parent i see alot of drawbacks to this system as do numerous other parents in our district. we are hoping to lobby the school board to change back to a more traditional type of schedule but i think we need data and support to back up our assertions.
the issues i am having are along the lines of my child may have math the first semester of her freshman year and then not have math again until the second semester of her sophmore year, almost a year and a half later. we have our standardized test in the fall, my daughter told me that the science portion of this years tests were heavy in biology of which she had had no exposure until the second semester of this year, long after the tests were completed. if you are in band/choir you have to use one block each semester for that class, leaving you only 3 blocks per year to get in your academic classes - which is proving to be a big issue with kids who are trying to take demanding academic schedules to get into college - to the point that alot of them are having to choose between academics and band.
anyway, i would appreciate any comments from others who know about this system and how it works. i had never seen or heard of it until we moved to this school district.