By Kyle Morin '19
Now that it has been 2 years since the “Block” was implemented, it’s about time to examine the system that has definitely caused every STA student to arrive late to at least one class this year. If you are unaware of what the schedule was like before the change, here’s the basic rundown: you would have all 6 periods every day at the same time, but only for 50 minutes; additionally, there would be no class after lunch. When I first heard this, I immediately thought that the block schedule was worse, as it took away the opportunity for me to arrive to school at 8:50 every morning since I had first free. But the more I think about the schedule the more I realize how bad it must have been. Picture this: you have precalculus as your first period class. And you have precalculus every morning. At 8 AM. I don’t know about you, but I’m lucky if I’m fully awake by the start of 2nd period.
While I do complain about it from time to time, I never realized that before the block schedule, people like me who take six classes would have all six everyday. That is so much worse than what I’m going through now. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the block schedule isn’t how you get to miss that one class which you could drop if it wasn’t required (I’m looking at you Precal), but how it limits your homework load to max of 5 classes per night. That is assuming that you did not procrastinate any of your homework from previous night, which I’m sure no one, especially me, is guilty of. All joking aside, the “Block,” once everyone got used to it, was a much-needed improvement that both improved everyone’s grades and, most of all, prevented me from having to go to Precalculus first period every morning.