In the minds of many students, summer school brings unpleasant thoughts of having to go to school while others are taking long-awaited breaks from studying. This, however, depends on the amount of freedom that summer school students are given as compared to the actual school year. Upcoming ninth graders taking a summer school program at La Cañada High School revealed the differences and similarities of freedom given to them in summer school classes and regular classes.
When asked to compare summer school at LCHS to the actual school year, freshman Audrey Melillo revealed how students were basically given the same liberties as they would be given during the actual school year. She also stated how students should also keep in mind that summer school classes are not mandatory and that they should be treated as privileges, so if students were not okay with the amount of freedom they received, they can use other methods to educate themselves.
As someone who has taken summer classes since elementary school, Melillo explained how the environment changed as students grew older since they were expected to be able to take summer school more seriously. She exclaimed that older students were given more freedom because they were more mature than younger students taking courses for fun benefits.
Although this is only one opinion of many: Jason Carr, another freshman at LCHS, spoke about how students are given a fair amount of privileges during summer school. Still, unlike Audrey Melillo, Jason Carr believed students should be given more benefits, considering they pay to be educated in the summer, a time for people to take vacations or rest. Carr explained that besides the title “summer school,” nothing had greatly changed compared to the regular school year.
Again, freedom plays a key factor with how others interpret summer school. Based on a person’s idea of freedom and privileges, students can think that there is a smaller amount of freedom given than what is actually deserved; even so, others can argue that students have enough advantages as is. The topic of summer school can bewilder students, but comparing the level of freedom for both summer school and regular school year classes can change the perspective of summer school for students.