EditorialThursday, January 26, 2006 By Odin Staff
December has been an exciting month to have in the middle of the school year. First, the new exam schedule has brought several questions. The exam schedule is basically to keep kids out of trouble, so we now have to go all day with a 1-3-3 schedule. The schedule seems like it might hurt exam grades. Also, it seems to be quite unanimous that the teachers at Parker do not agree with this decision. If the teachers who administer the exam and teach the class know what they are talking about, why would the School District of Janesville not involve them in this proposal? There were no problems with the previous exam schedule, so why fix something that is not broken? At least the school board should have compromised on a better plan because it seems like they are more concentrated on keeping kids off streets rather than being concerned about our grades, which they should be more concerned with. The drug dogs came through Parker in the “soft lockdown” that we had. It is a good way to search the school for drugs, but why can the school afford to pay for drug dogs and not random drug testing for extracurricular activities? Or why not search the school parking lot because it seems more likely for a student to have any type of drug in their car rather than in their locker, where it can easily be spotted! If Parker has random “soft lockdowns,” why can the school not afford other programs that would help keep kids safe especially in extracurricular activities? This new exam schedule and the “soft lockdown” were the major things that happened at Parker in December. They are extremely controversial and everyone has their own opinions on these topics, which this editorial is not saying is right nor wrong. For the knowledge of this, everyone HAVE A HAPPY WINTER BREAK AND A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!