February 15, 2012 at 2:53 am

A-B Schedule’s Days are Numbered


The plan for next year’s revamped class schedule hasn’t been officially announced, but it’s already got everybody’s knickers in a twist.  It’s been the subject of heated debate through Jordon Soper’s facebook group, GSA Students Against The Schedule Change.  Students are already mourning the loss of their beloved A-B schedule, as are some teachers who have admitted that they don’t look forward to the change.  Though the decision to change the schedule may seem like it’s come out of the Blue, it’s actually been carefully thought through for months, voted on by the faculty, and approved by Perkinson.  Here’s what the change entails:

The Pros: the new plan ensures that each class meets three times a week.  It also kills off one of our two useless weekly advisory periods.  All-school meeting will likely be cut to every other week.  Most fantastically, according to resident mathemagicians, this schedule will add up to three more weeks of classes than our current one.The schedule above is the big winner of four plans devised by a scheduling committee, established back in June, when it was clear that the A-B schedule needed to be changed.  Teachers didn’t like how snow days could throw their curriculum out of whack, sometimes meaning that they’d only meet with a class once in a week.  Students don’t really care about Snow Day Aftershock, but for teachers it’s been a major annoyance.  SDA is the ultimate glacier.  It is the reason we’re having three A days in a row this week.

The Cons:  five classes a day, what the whaaaat?  They’ll all be about an hour long.  Some students are concerned that this will mean more homework, and less time to get it done.  Lunch also gets cut down to 25 minutes (but we need that 5 extra minutes to shmooze and finish our chemistry homework!).  The fate of Activity Period is still unclear: vital chess-club practice time to some and meaningless watch-movies-while-eating-chocolate time to others, it may be cut to once a week.

While the schedule may look like a hot mess of randomly placed numbers, there is a method to the madness.  And while it may seem that a new schedule will radically change your GSA experience, it’s not as if it comes with a new set of hallways or teachers.  If you can memorize your trigonometric identities, you can definitely memorize a wonky but well-meaning class schedule.

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