Stop the Double Block Schedule at Redwood
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Redwood High School teachers will vote on a new class schedule this spring. The proposed plan? A double-block schedule. This will reduce our seven period days to once a week, and will give students four days of ninety minute classes.
Less frequent, longer classes make preparation easier for teachers according to some staff members. While we appreciate the hard work of our instructors, this will not improve the education of Redwood students. A study conducted by Harvard University showed that teachers do not successfully adjust their teaching styles to suit the longer classes in a double-block schedule, and thus cannot retain their student's attention. As a result, students who are less academically proficient or experience learning disabilities that decrease concentration abilities are put at an immense disadvantage under the double-block schedule.
Redwood High School students currently score higher on average in SAT and ACT exams than students from other Tam District schools. One key difference between Redwood and other Tam District schools is the schedule. While Tamalpais High School and Drake High School operate under double-block schedules, Redwood does not. Redwood students have each teacher almost every day. Students reinforce their knowledge of the curriculum on an almost daily basis and ask questions to their teachers when they arise. This allows Redwood students to develop deeper understanding of the curriculum - ultimately resulting in higher test scores and increased college readiness.
Students and parents, please sign this petition to make your voice heard. This schedule change will damage our education and affect our futures.
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