Posts Tagged Education

Changes In Future Education

By Fernando Bustos

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Cuts in Education

During this time of great change in our every day life, I have noticed that in my school there are changes to come for the following years. The changes in the economy have hindered the possibility of future extra-curricular activities and other programs in our schools. Cuts in the school staff have also been a result of the recession, meaning that they have been giving out pink slips to many teachers. These changes have become an awful thought for teachers as well as me. I thought that it would have no effect on me, when teachers are being laid off, but now that I see what happen when there are fewer teachers to teach. This has become a concern for me, since it would affect my education and after school goals for the future. These major changes have affected everyone in their future goals for their education.

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Cuts Hurt, Save the Block

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By: Jose Montoya

Early this week a group of officials, who wish to remain anonymous, presented that next year three high schools in Hayward will be switching from the block system to the periods system. The three schools are Tennyson high school, Mt. Eden high school, and Hayward high school. The block system gives student’s eight classes a year, four classes the first semester, and four classes the second semester, wherein each class is an hour and thirty minutes long. The period system only gives students six one hour classes for the whole school year. The school board is taking two classes away from the students. This will affect students and school staff members. Many teachers will be laid off, at least ten to fifteen teachers per high school. The few counselors Hayward high schools have will also be fired. Students who don’t have enough credits will not be able to graduate and take classes for college. Many electives will be cut such as art and music. The school board is doing this because of the California budget cuts and they are trying to save money.

In response to these changes Mt.Eden high walked out last month to show that they don’t want the period system. The school board is being unjust to the students and not listening to the attendees of the board meetings. I do feel sorry for the school board because they are volunteers and they are trying to save money for the schools. But this isn’t beneficial to the schools and it’s unfair for the students. California should think about other ways to save money other than making budget cuts for schools that don’t have enough money as it is.

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SLEEP DEPRIVATION/LUIS FLORES

LAST WEEK, I PROBABLY GOT AROUND 4 OR 5 HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND I DEFINITELY FELT THE EFFECTS OF NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. FOR EXAMPLE, I AM NOT USUALLY THE ONE TO BE FALLING ASLEEP IN CLASS, BUT I ACTUALLY FOUND MYSELF DOZING OFF DURING A BORING LECTURE. I ALSO REALIZED THAT I WAS FALLING BEHIND IN A COUPLE CLASSES BECAUSE I COULDN ’ T PAY ATTENTION IN CLASS OR FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND. AND WHEN I GOT HOME, I WAS SO TIRED THAT I WOULDN ’ T HELP OUT WITH CHORES AROUND THE HOUSE. MY PARENTS HAVEN ’ T TAKEN NOTICE BECAUSE THEY ALSO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH SLEEP. I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM, I HAVE ALSO TALKED TO MY CLASSMATES AND THEY SAY THAT THEY GO THROUGH THIS EXACT SAME THING. THE REASON THAT I AM NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS BECAUSE OF SO MUCH WORK THAT I AM GETTING FROM SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY MY AP SPANISH CLASS. I ALWAYS END UP STAYING UP LATE TRYING TO FINISH MY SPANISH WORK, AND ON TOP OF THAT I HAVE HOMEWORK FOR FIVE OTHER CLASSES. I THINK THAT ANOTHER PART OF THIS PROBLEM IS THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM REQUIRES US TO WAKE UP WAY TOO EARLY, ESPECIALLY FOR ME, SINCE I DON ’ T LIVE CLOSE TO MY SCHOOL. ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN HAVE MANY SIDE EFFECTS, INCLUDING DIABETES, EFFECT ON

GROWTH, AND OBESITY. ALSO, A STUDY WAS CONDUCTED AND SAID THAT SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS SHOULD BE GETTING ABOUT EIGHT AND A HALF HOURS TO NINE HOURS OF SLEEP A NIGHT, AND THOSE WHO DO SLEEP THAT MUCH GET HIGHER GRADES. I KNOW THAT IT IS SOMETHING I MUST FIX, BUT IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT TASK FOR ME.

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Transitions

February is the shortest month of the year. Even so, it seems as if it flew by so much faster than most of them. March and April are approaching, and for most kids, it means we’re one month closer to summer, another month closer to warm days and no school. But for high school seniors, it’s a different story. Even though I’m excited to graduate, sometimes it seems unreal that I’m actually graduating and becoming an independent individual. Well, hopefully I’m going to. In late March and early April, colleges will send letters basically deciding my future. I have mixed feelings, I can’t wait to graduate, but somehow I have to get through rejection from colleges and figuring out what to do in the future. Even just thinking about decision letters from college makes me nervous. I’m fighting senioritis and some school days seem longer than ever, but if there’s one thing I know, it’s that the rest of the school year will fly by and along with this will be the rush of acceptance or rejection letters, sharing news with friends, and trying to get through this chapter of life before moving on to the next. Sometimes I wish I could just skip through these times. Instead, just go to senior prom, go on senior trips, graduate, and have the tough decisions already made without having to live through them. Unfortunately, I can’t, but what kind of life would it be if I never learn how to deal with rejection or how to make tough decisions, right? For Youth Radio, I’m Connie Phu and you can hear more about this commentary at http://www.youthradio.org.

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