By: Josef Lopez
On September 8, 2015, Samueli Academy’s Engineering and Design teachers changed their classes from sharing a period to one semester at a time, so students will have more time in class. The switch of Engineering or Design for a full semester was difficult to some students while others didn’t mind the switch.
“I think the curriculum will still be integrated, but we cannot control time,” said Mrs.JOB, “We are still using the same driving question in English and Design to guide the curriculum and content.”
Freshmen may not enjoy one of the courses, and have to wait a whole semester before they can switch. “I think it's not great because it is like having two classes,” he said, “People are more entertained by one class than the other,” said Dante Torres, a freshman.
However, other freshmen do like the change: “I think it is pretty reasonable because it doesn’t confuse you on which class you are supposed to go to,” said Jonathan Lopez, a freshmen.
“I like the change in the curriculum because it allows a student to focus on one thing at a time,” said Linh Lopez, a parent of a freshman, “but it would be more difficult for English teachers to make projects for each track of students.”
“I think the switch makes the most sense for students and teachers,” said Ms. Bilderback, the Assistant Head of School, “This way, students can focus on either Design or Engineering, instead of trying to learn the concepts of both at the same time. I think this is better for freshmen so that they feel like they have seven classes instead of feeling like they’re juggling eight.”
“I like the switch. I think it makes more sense this year with the classes being taught in two separate classrooms,” said Mrs. JOB.
This Freshmen switch has many positive and negative points. Students like that they have more time in class and only have seven teachers instead of eight. However, some students think that it is not fair to students that don’t like that subject because the classes are longer. Either way, freshman students will still get an introduction to both Engineering and Design this year, and be able to decide which one they will pick for the rest of their Samueli Academy courses afterwards.
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