Steven Tian, Staff Writer
Edited by Victoria Chiu
When conducting these interviews, it was interesting to note the differences in responses among the grades. The tenth graders are still new to high school and this will be only one of many changes for them whilst the twelfth graders don’t really care because we’re leaving next year. On the other hand, the eleventh graders will be greatly affected by this because they still have one more year of high school and have to reconcile their past experience during years without PLT time.
Grade Ten Students: The tenth graders had a generally positive opinion of PLT sessions. However, the concept was seen more as a way to take a break from classes and have fun, and not really as the educational tool it was meant to be. They seemed to understand and see the potential in the idea; however, it is definitely not being taken advantage of and at the moment is merely a way for students to relax. A suggested idea was that students be offered a block to work on online courses, get advice, hear some tips, et cetera.
Grade Eleven Students: The opinions of the eleventh graders are similar to those of the tenth graders. They don’t seem to think that PLT sessions are useful educationally for the most part; however, they like them and consider them a useful way to take a break and hang out with friends. When asked if they want it to stick around, they responded with an affirmative answer and stated that they were beneficial to have around before exam times. They do not believe it gets in the way of their studies, despite time being taken out of classes.
Grade Twelve Students: As a twelfth grader myself, this article might have been slightly warped or biased. The issue with considering the opinions of twelfth graders in this matter is that we are heading out into the so-called Real World in one year and, honestly, the issue of PLT sessions does not concern us. We have our own things to deal with and find it difficult to concern ourselves with something that won’t directly affect us. However, the overall opinion is similar to other grades; we twelfth graders think PLT sessions are being taken too lightly. They seem to be used as actual study time by twelfth graders as opposed to social hour like the other grades, which I personally found surprising. Their reason, when asked, was that studies and homework matter more to people trying to enter universities and keep their averages competitive. Final opinion: PLT sessions should be held more frequently around exam times and near the end of the year, because flex week is a great way to catch up on studying and receive much-needed help before finals.
Mrs. Larochelle: I decided that a teacher’s opinion would be valuable for this article and chose a teacher that seems to care a lot regarding this subject, but is also new to the school. Overall (not just from this interview, but also from observations made in class) teachers don’t seem to like PLT times too much because they detract from class time and aren’t being used effectively by students. The majority of students are using it as a way to goof off and have fun instead of learning. She stated that the idea contained a lot of potential but it’s not being utilized at the moment.
The overall conclusion to this article appears to be several consensual facts between the grades. There’s a lot of potential in PLT time; however, it isn’t being utilized as effectively as possible right now. The students seem to really like it, whilst the teachers appear to dislike that it’s taking class time out. If PLT times are going to stay, then the people of MAC need to start making choices regarding it—both the students and the staff. Overall, I can conclude that it makes absolutely no difference to me. I will end by choosing myself to represent the graduating class of 2015 and say “I don’t care!”