February 22, 2013
A.P. English period 5
Brains on Overload
Education is the act of acquiring knowledge, so why are school systems not more beneficial to students. Six day periods have students and teachers under constant stress with homework and studying to do constantly or heaps of papers to grade with no end. Teachers and students alike would benefit from an alternate block schedule.
At North Valleys High School every day is a block day but school starts and ends at the regular times (personal education). The block schedule alternates to give their students time to effectively complete assignments and fully understand, whereas at Mead High School their students get two days out of the week to feel a little less overwhelmed. From my personal experience and observations of both schools the students are under unchanging stress with the Mead school system, but at North Valleys the classes alternate so students do not have back to back classes allowing students to diffuse their stress and give them time to complete homework and get help without being under relentless stress. Stress affects every aspect of life, emotional health, as well as physical well-being and behavioral performance. Emotionally stress causes moodiness, short temper, depression, etc. which is less than ideal when students need a clear and focused mind to do well in school. Physical symptoms include, but are not limited to, aches, dizziness, and rapid heartbeat causing students to focus more on their pain and finding the root, than focusing on their school work. Stress also overcomes behavior actions generating eating more or less, sleeping too much or too little, using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax, etc. Stress also causes internal problems, the most common are inability to accept uncertainty, unrealistic expectations, pessimism, perfectionism, negative self-talk, and lack of assertiveness; when students think so cynically of themselves performance in...