Tiger Time

Lauren Huesers, Staff Writer

“I hate Tiger Time.”

“Why do we do this every week?”

“I could be studying instead of doing absolutely nothing.”

During passing period before Tiger Time each Thursday, complaints about Tiger Time can be heard without even trying to listen for them.

High schoolers need all the study time they can get. The time spent on homework now averages to just under four hours each night, according to US News.

That’s a huge increase from a 2011 survey in which 49 percent of 17-year-olds said they did about one hour of homework each night.

Time saved can mean the difference between an A and a C on a test.

So why does Tiger Time still take up a whole hour each Thursday?

That time should be added to each class or used as an all-school study hall where each student can get the help he or she needs.

In Tiger Time, students are stuck with a teacher who may not be able to help them with any questions they have.

So, when students are able to work on homework during Tiger Time, they aren’t exposed to the help necessary to do their absolute best.

If this time was spent as an all-school study hall, these students could get the help they need without having to stay after school and miss their extracurricular activities.

Also, four-year plans simply cannot be thrown together in this hour. Even though this plan is tentative, students need time to consider the classes they want to take and therefore should be able to take this plan home with them for further consideration.

The PowerPoints hastily made to fill this time that cover topics such as how long the school has been around or which teacher teaches business bore the students and result in even less enthusiasm to go to school every day.

Playing trivia about the school and watching meaningless videos about “resilience” don’t help our journey through high school — they hinder it.

Tiger Time needs to be used as a time for students to ask for help so they can do their best during their high school career.