by Ean Kramer
Last semester it was very easy to pass homeroom. Perhaps, too easy, which is why the administration felt the need to change the attendance rules for that very special, utterly important, once-a-week class. Instead of being able to have your parents call you out every Wednesday or Thursday because “I’m feeling under the weather” or “It’s a waste of my time,” there is now a limit imposed on how many excused absences you can have. That number just so happens to rhyme with jive. That’s right, five.
At six excused absences, your high school transcript will be marred with that ugly “U” or “unsatisfactory.” Five unexcused absences results in the same consequence, however, this hasn’t changed at all since last semester. I think unlimited excused absences in homeroom should be allowed. Some parents are understanding and will call their students out if they feel like the class isn’t necessary. This could allow a student to circumvent going to homeroom class in the first place. However, this in turn could reflect badly on the school, as the required hours for learning aren’t met, so it makes sense why there is now a restriction on excused absences as well, even if I don’t agree.
For those of you whose parents are a little more strict, well, it doesn’t make a difference anyways. The rule change also won’t affect those of you that never even bothered to have a parent excuse them. Honestly, that’s a rookie mistake, but to each their own. If you really want to push the boundaries of the homeroom policy, you can always pass with 4 unexcused absences; but, for the sake of not-having-to-explain-to-your-future-college-that-you-failed-an-attendance-class, please, show up to class after that.
Hopefully next year, students won’t have to deal with this kind of added undue stress. So many students and teachers feel like it’s a waste of time in an otherwise productive school day. Therefore, I modestly propose that instead of having this soul-sucking class, we abolish it from the curriculum. In fact, while they’re tweaking that, they might as well also shorten block day classes by 5 minutes. The 20 minute total that comes from that, could be added to the inhumanely short lunch time which causes many students to arrive late to their third or fourth period class on Wednesday and Thursday.
To make up for the inadequate schooling hours, they could then implement a once a week, arts and crafts class by the name of ‘Creatical Communillaberation’. It would help stimulate creativity in students and promote those four C’s the District is so adamant in promoting. Students might even take this class more seriously than homeroom because it stimulates the imagination, and acts as a necessary brain break for hard working, stressed out high schoolers. To add on to this idea, upperclassmen involved in at least two AP classes should just be given that time off to do homework, study, or even to remedy the rampant sleep deprivation faced by millions of teens worldwide. The AP class stipulation would cause students to take more AP classes because they want freedom, obviously, and because of that, it would cause our academics to seem more impressive in the eyes of the district. If that’s not a better implementation of the lunch period on block day, then the schedule should be changed back to what it was last year