Wacky Wednesday Comes to Monmouth
“Wacky Wednesday” is a term Peoria blogger C. J. Summers of the Peoria Chronicle used to describe a plan to dismiss students from District 150 schools 90 minutes early on Wednesdays. While the proposed 60 minute late arrival on Wednesdays at Monmouth-Roseville schools may not be as onerous and absurd as a 90 minute early dismissal, I find this concept equally “wacky.”
If teachers want collaboration time, it should be done before or after or in-between class hours. There are also numerous “teachers institute” days throughout the school year when collaboration activities could be organized. Throwing off the regular arrival schedule one day every week is an unacceptable burden on working parents. I doubt there are many parents in the district who are going to be happy with this plan. As a parent of five Monmouth-Roseville students, I am completely enraged that this is even being considered.
This issue requires significantly greater consideration and public input before it is put into effect for the 2012-2013 school year. Before I would even consider supporting such a schedule change, I would need to see hard evidence that cutting into classroom time with “teacher collaboration” time provides a measurable educational benefit to the children in districts where it has been instituted.
I emailed all the M-R 238 school board members on Thursday voicing my opposition to this proposal, and I have yet to hear back from any of them. I would encourage anyone reading this to do the same.