img_9629Story by Lindsay Long and Justice Nawman, photo by Lindsay Long

With class periods 90 minutes long, students often want time during the day to relax and not worry about finishing book work, or listening to a teacher give a lecture. In previous years, there was a designated 20 minutes during third block for students to talk to their friends if they wanted to and be productive and finish whatever schoolwork they had for that particular day. This year, there has been a change.

Mondays consist of an informative video that the student council, administration, or another club has made in order for students to be cognizant of what is going on around the school. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are for silent reading, and Fridays are when Silver Screen is played.

Students are not pleased with this change because the 20 minutes of “free time” should be used to relax, take a break from the school work, or talk with friends. Not everyone enjoys reading, so students should have the freedom to do something else to occupy their time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during Fox Focus time.

Because of the new state law put into place suggesting that students take time to read, administration forced this change in order for students to do something more productive during the free time and use their time wisely. Teachers are strictly enforcing the new rules, which students new and old are not pleased with.

The new SSR time will be beneficial to students in that reading is beneficial to the expansion of student’s minds, reading that is assigned for homework will be finished by the time school ends, and it will give the teachers a break from making sure their students aren’t being rambunctious.

Next semester Dutch Fork should go back to regular SSR time so students will be happier with how to spend their 20 minutes of free time.