Seminar debate

Alona Jenkins , Guest Writer

It could be said that the seminar system at our school is more controversial than Donald Trump.

“Students don’t know how to use the time effectively and then they complain about all the work they have to do,” said Jacob Videmschek, English teacher.

Videmschek is not the only one who sees a flaw in the way students use their seminar time, and the system overall. Many students and staff agree that it’s time for our seminar set up to be changed.

“A lot of other districts have a curriculum that they use during seminar time,” said Katy- Jane Johnson, senior counselor. “Having a curriculum in place for seminar would make it more effective.”

Johnson believes that teaching students topics like college readiness, study skills, and time management will help put good use to seminar time for the students who just “hang out.”

Like Johnson, others agree that a change in the structure of seminar time will fix the problem.

“Students who use study hall, [and] have good grades, should get to use it like a study hall with more freedom,” said Ginny Mckenna-Lorbert, English teacher. “[While] students who need a more structured academic time could have a more structured study hall or academic period.”

Mckenna-Lorbert also believes that we should have more seminar classes throughout the day. She isn’t the only one who agrees that there should be more study hall classes.

“I think we should have [seminar] on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, especially Fridays so that you don’t have to go home with a lot of homework,” said Autumn White, freshman.

Along with having seminar more than just twice a week, another popular idea among the students is to have more freedom during seminar time.

“[We should] be able to move freely and not just one strict travel time,” said Gillian Blount, junior. “Some people [are] so strict, like you can’t even use the bathroom after travel time.”

However, not everyone agrees that the students should be able to roam freely, since the hallways are already an issue with the current rules.

“There would be no direction, if [the students] don’t have a destination.” said Richard Matthews, faculty assistant. “The travel time right now is chaotic, but at least it’s limited.”

Until a change finally occurs, the seminar debate will continue.