Cancel Midterms at BRHS

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Cancel Midterms at BRHS

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Julia Thorn started this petition to Board of Education

Midterm examinations are often held in late January and they are a form of performance assessment to see how students have grasped the information that they have learned so far. But living in the time of Covid, is it really the best idea to be giving midterms?

Already, students worry about taking the midterms because of the weight that they carry on their GPAs. Now, more than ever, it is time to take a step back and realize the problems that they cause. 

Midterms are causing mental health problems and other concerns regarding the health and wellbeing of students. Students feel stressed, anxious, and worried about midterms. The School Board of Education is still unsure about how the mid-term process will be executed, but problems will arise no matter if they are taken online or in person. In person, the safety of students may be jeopardized.

If they are taken online, then cheating will most definitely take place. Many students and teachers are worried about academic integrity during these exams. Students find it frustrating when they are honest with what they know while others are not.

With a pandemic, the last thing that students need is something else to worry about. It's affected the mental health of students detrimentally. The mental health and wellbeing of students need to be prioritized over midterms. 

Not to mention, the stress of learning during a virtual setting has its negative impacts: students feel that they are self-teaching. How will we know if students have even grasped the concept properly? The simple answer is that we don’t. We are jeopardizing the grades of so many students by giving them an anxiety-filled test with no means of security and trusting that they will perform as best as they can. That is truly unfair. 

If you think that midterms should not take place in January 2021, please help us by signing this petition.  

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