During the week before iCare, student’s Google Calendars were slathered with rainbow notifications about tests, lab reports and presentations all due within the same five day span. Why the sudden stockpile of assessments?
Last semester was the first time in which a work ban has been implemented by the High School Administration, preventing teachers from scheduling assessments after iCARE. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are Guinea pigs to this new restriction. But in actual fact, is this work ban a boon or a bane?
High school math teacher Mr. Nourse has taken an objective stance about the rule saying, “there are good things and bad things… [but] at least not many assessments are piling up on the last three days of school!” He believes that constricting the workload, instead of spreading it out over the three days after iCare, is helpful in reducing the amount of pressure students would’ve felt. Similarly, Mrs. Dodd expresses her support for the new rule, claiming, “the reason why it’s done is people won’t focus in iCARE if they have a plethora of assessments the last few days before the semester ends – I do believe that the deadlines should be before iCARE, but if student’s can’t meet them, they should be able to submit things after iCARE.”
However, junior Malvika Subramaniam refutes this idea. She believes that “work piling up before iCARE,” cancels out the benefits of work piling up after iCARE. With majors, mediums and minors peppered throughout her week, she jokes, “I just want to make it to iCARE alive.” Navina Hasper, who is also a junior, also embraces this mindset, commenting, “The last week before iCARE is so stressful,” and proposes that, “minor assessments should be after iCARE and the major assessments before.” This redistribution would help students lessen the work they receive after iCARE, but also give them more time to study for their final assessments.
Whether or not this new regulation is beneficial or deleterious is up to the individual. But after all the anxiety of stress week it’s good to know the feeling of finishing that last test and going to iCARE without the weight of what would’ve been next week’s workload dragging you down.
Article by: Danielle Limcaoco