Petition for the prevention of the five period day and homeroom change

Petition for the prevention of the five period day and homeroom change

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Stuart Wales started this petition to Long Bay School Board and

This petition is for the prevention of the five-period day for 2019 onward, and the hour-long homeroom session each week. This is because of the damage that this new system would commit towards the Long Bag College curriculum while our current six-period day system meets all necessary needs. These harmful attributes may include:

  • We would experience a net loss on the amount of time that students have, to study the New Zealand curriculum. Without factoring in half days next year, senior students will have 168 days of school. For every week we spend in school one-hour will be spent in the homeroom. This will equate to thirty-four-hours or 40 of our current periods replaced. When a student is studying for exams that will make or break their career paths the more time they have, to prepare the better. This would severely harm the main purpose of the school in the long term as its purpose is to teach students and the new system would harm that purpose of the institution itself.

 

  • This would factor to a 4% decrease to student’s time in the NZQA subjects. For example, the average student writing 13 words a minute will produce an estimated 3250 words in a week worth of English lessons in our current system. With the new system, the student will write on average 3120 words in a week of English lessons a decrease of 130 words between the two systems. Over a year this would total to 3,120-word decrease. I find this 10% decrease would most concern students and staff when you consider that this will affect every class potentially harming students' capabilities in tests and assessments.
  • Additionally, several students in New Zealand experience learning disabilities. For example, an estimated 10% of people in New Zealand experience dyslexia a condition that typically makes tasks like reading and writing a great challenge. It can go undiagnosed for years making students receive labels such as slow or struggling instead. This like many other diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions can cause students to struggle in completing work and tasks within classes. By reducing the time, they have for completing in-class assessments and NCEA credited tasks it severely prohibits their capabilities to form their skills over the course of college.
  • Finally, a homeroom period would likely reassembly students experience in year nine learning to learn classes. I found the students around me were largely disgruntled by these lessons as they found them to have little relevance to the curriculum itself and took time out of their scheduled subjects. If this system was to be implemented, I find there would be a similar student resentment and backlash as the students know they come to school to learn and time removed from this schedule will be viewed through a negative gaze.
  • To end this petition I pose one question, will a homeroom compare to a period of learning every week?

 

Bibliography:

Decrease to curriculum time – 1 (hour of homeroom) / 25 (hours of teaching) = 4%

words per minute - https://www.academia.edu/3108244/The_slow_handwriting_of_undergraduate_students_constrains_overall_performance_in_exam_essays

Percentage of Dyslexics - http://www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz/d_assessment.html  

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