Opinion: Please give us more school time

Opinion: Please give us more school time

Governor is right that shorter schedule is ‘unacceptable’

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To the editor:

I am a Montgomery County Public Schools student, and there is not enough school.

Like most students, I’ve spent my entire life hating school and only having to go because I was forced to by my parents. 

Now, nothing seems better than sitting at my desk, eager to learn, bright and early in the morning. As a student, I prefer there to be physical school at some capacity, especially if the county meets the benchmark.

I would be fine with doing it all virtually, given there would be an increase in class time. 

Last year, school was from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. That is almost seven hours a day, and almost 35 hours a week.

Now, there is barely four hours of class time a day and about 14 hours of school each week, since Wednesdays are optional.

I agree with Gov. Larry Hogan that this schedule is “simply unacceptable.”

I’ve spent months looking forward to the first day of school. I even picked out an outfit months in advance, and had written down every club and activity I was looking forward to.

I was supposed to try out for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Poms Team, go to homecoming, complain about homework, and go to Starbucks in the afternoons. I was supposed to have an argument with my brother every day about dropping me off at school.

This year was supposed to be filled with high school memories, happy or sad. Now, it’s just nothing.

Darci Rochkind
Incoming freshman
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School


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