If taken seriously, school is demanding. The classes students take require time, energy and effort. Many aspiring students also participate in athletics and extra curricular activities during the school year. On weekends, they want to have time to hang out with their friends and may have religious commitments. Eliminating study halls from school schedules will negatively effect the school system by undermining and overworking students, taking away valuable homework time, giving them absolutely no break in the day and may drop student’s homework efforts by forcing them into classes they do not wish to participate in.
School was designed not only to educate academically, but also to educate in a sense of showing kids how to be a part of a community, a citizen of the United States, and member of the world. Students need to be able to make good choices for themselves on their own. When a student finally enters high school, they tend to become more active in their choices. They begin to choose their own classes, friends, athletics, activities and commitments, while acquiring a taste of adult hood. In this day and age, schools are always trying to improve upon their standards with new ideas. Eliminating study halls from school schedules is one improvement option schools are currently considering.
Eliminating study halls from school schedules would make kids learn more, earn additional credits, may make the school look more academically strong, and make sure students never waste time. However, these gains actually may be a loss.
If forced to take additional classes, students have now lost their freedom of choice in the matter. They cannot choose for themselves what they feel they need the most. With athletics, extra curricular activities, and other time commitments, students may not have time to complete their assignments without a study hall. The additional homework with less time to complete it in, will in most cases, place an unnecessary strain on students. Higher stress levels, less sleep, and less relaxation time can all lead to health problems.
There also may not be enough additional classes that interest a particular student or are on the same intelligence level as the student. Undermining a student’s success by forcing them to take lower-level calsses is only g oing to annoy and frustrate them, while distracting them from their other higher-level classes. Not every student is an Ivy-League student either. If there are not enough lower-level classes for students to take then some students may be incapable of passing the higher-level classes and ultimately graduating.
Other teenage students ultimately refuse to care about school as it is. Piling on classes will not improve their taste of school, nor will it improve their grades. Students who do actively care and participate in school, may not try as hard as they had before because they have been forced into classes. They may despise the classes they have to take. The negative attitude will negatively affect the individual as well as the entire school.
As a student here at Russia Local High School, I am an honor roll student and a participant in three different sports throughout the school year. I’ve chosen to take additional classes such as: Computer Literacy, Composition and Reading for Enjoyment. I understand the need for educated citizens and the frustration when students waste valuable time in study hall. Yet I cannot imagine what I would do if my study hall were to be taken away from me. I only have one study hall this semester, and I feel that I perform better by having that break, that downtime. My study hall not only gives me that, but it provides me with a quiet environment that I can use to study and complete homework.
While eliminating study halls in school schedules has some advantages, in the end it has many more disadvantages. Constantly learning at school and cramming homework in at home, is only going to tire and wear a student down. As teachers and academic board members, it is your job not to eliminate a chance to study, but to encourage all chances to study and academic success.