Students need music during study halls to keep up with changing times
October 20, 2008 11:38am CST
Students need music during study halls to keep up with changing times. Even some teachers and parents agree with this. Assistant Superintendent Mary Riley said that technology is a way of life for these kids. Nick Evens said, "Study halls are so boring. You usually don't do anything in study hall anyway. They'd make the time go faster." He was referring to ipods. Isn't that the problem though? They should be doing something...like, studying? "We have to listen to the teachers all day. I think we should have some time for ourselves to do what we want to do," Helfrich said. Her mother, Linda, agreed. "They expect the kids to sit and be quiet, but I think kids get more restless if they don't have time for themselves," Linda Helfrich said. Sit and be quiet is not what school is supposed to be. You are supposed to interact and learn. Study halls are for studying. Period. I remember when I went to school it was hard to study because the kids were rowdy. That is not fair to those who want to study. Allowing them to have ipods means a bunch of bopping around and making it worse. Study halls should be optional. If a child does not want to study give them another option. They could take another class. They could schedule their work so they can go home early...at their own expense. No special buses for bored kids. Personally, I do not know how a kid can be bored when there is so much studying to be done. http://www.pennlive.com/news/patriotnews/index.ssf?/base/news/122385571327200.xml&coll=1
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21 Oct 08
I wonder how much 'time for ourselves to do what we want to do' they will get when in a few years they have to get jobs and do real work. I hardly have time to do to the bathroom, much less eat lunch. Sit down and listen to music...yes, right, but not in this life time. These kids are just brats.
13 Dec 10
I have extremely sensitive hearing, and would be easily distracted by misbehaving children, etc. so I had a note from my optometrist, explaining that due to my low vision, my hearing was super-sensitive. I could hear a pin drop in the next class room. In order to keep the distractions down, I'd wear headphones with music. The music I liked was either classical music, or folk music from around the world, so if there were lyrics, they were not in English. One could not accuse me of listening to music with distracting lyrics, because I could not understand the lyrics to begin with. They were just voices, no different from an accordion, a piano, a trumpet, or any other instrument. Later when my cousin was having the same issue, I made him a CD of this kind of music, and he really enjoyed it. His parents and teachers had no objections.