Over the past few decades, senior year in high school was supposed to be the most enjoyable for all students. There was less homework, minimal state examinations, and also the torturing lectures would be significantly reduced. As for those students who did all the things that they were supposed to do for the last three years of, this year would be the opportunity for them to rest and enjoy their last year with their best friends before moving on to college. In the past, most seniors only had two to four classes a day, unless they signed themselves up for other courses. But now this has all changed. We seniors are forced to take at least seven instructional periods a day.
“It’s okay to have seven or eight classes a day,” said New Dorp Senior, Mathew Gordon. “However it’s really unfair for those who have worked so hard the last three years, they really deserve a rest.”
Moreover, these extra classes and work are not only unnecessary and time consuming; they also put more unnecessary stress and pressure on us students. There is no point whatsoever for us to take these extra classes. For example, Study Hall, which is a class design for us to sit in the auditorium or library or an entire period. We are not forced to do any work, it just an extra class to help us complete the “At least seven instructional periods a day” requirement.
“It good if the extra classes are getting students prepared for College,” said New Dorp teacher, Mr. Stefanelli. “However, if they (Dept of Education) are just giving unnecessary classes to the students for the sake of it, I don’t think that is right.”