EDITORIAL: New SCC common study hall a great idea
If St. Croix Central High Schools students play their cards right this year, they could go home every day without any homework, and student athletes won't fall behind in any of their late-day classes due to leaving early for competition.
New to the school schedule this year is a ninth-period common study hall, which frees up both students and teachers for the final hour of the school day.
In the past, students may have been saddled with all sorts of coursework that accumulated throughout the day up until the final bell rang. Now, those students have an hour to prioritize what homework they have, ensure they have the resources they need, quickly knock out any short assignments, and chat with a teacher about anything they may need clarification on or help with.
The free hour at the end of the day also provides flexibility for students who need to leave school early for appointments or athletic contests. Instead of missing important classroom instruction time, students miss out only on study time that can easily be made up later at night, or on the bus on the way to an away game.
Because all students observe the study hall at the same time, it also frees up the teachers to provide extra help for smaller groups of students. Perhaps some teachers can use this time to re-teach a lecture to kids who didn't quite get it the first time around, or exhibit a science lab for a second time to students who want to do an even better job.
Although it remains to be seen how the new common study hall will work out for St. Croix Central High School, it's clearly a good idea that other area districts may want to implement in the future.