Skipping Class is Beneficial, Until There’s a Pandemic

In my years at WCI, I have skipped class minimally. 

In grade 9 and grade 10, I don’t think I skipped more than once. Then, when entering grade 11, classes became bigger and more difficult than before and they increased my stress levels. So when I would have a project due period C that I had worked on only a little bit, I would Skip period B or A or whichever class was least important to me in order to work on the project. Skipping became highly helpful to me if not necessary to get summatives or large projects done. 

As a truly average student, I would rather be prepared for a presentation or test than rely on my current knowledge. I have tried not preparing, and it has failed me.

In the vein of skipping for other school work, I have always felt that skipping class lets me get more work done than having a spare, because skipping for work, for me is almost always a last-stitch effort, so I am obligated to finish or get ready for whatever I have that day. Working hard and diligently during a spare also works as camouflage to teachers and/or hall monitors. 

Skipping class, for me, is also fluid, and it can be put into my day wherever I decide, like a wildcard. It makes it way more helpful than a spare because it is not during a fixed period and can be utilized for certain deadlines.

Schools are closed now and learning has moved online, so the “skipping class” line is becoming blurred. How do I organize my day so that I’m not unintentionally skipping out on schoolwork? In this situation, we have to be our own hall monitors and decide what amount of work is necessary, as well as how and when to spend our time on our school subjects.

Personally, I have always found time management difficult, and even more-so these past few weeks. The difference between taking a study break and “skipping” is difficult to see clearly, and it is all too easy to let hours if not even the whole day get away from me.

Working from home and online is difficult, especially when you have been taught to manage your time according to school schedules and bells. If I were to skip during school hours, I would usually be getting other school work done. But, when you’re at home, the atmosphere changes. Home is supposed to be a place for rest and community. Things can get a little tricky when home has now become a place for rest, community as well as school. 

I see skipping class under normal circumstances as beneficial in many different ways. Students are under a solid amount of stress, and, if taking one or two classes off is going to help you reset or to relax or to be more efficient, I would see that as helpful for most, and, when put in that light shouldn’t be that big of a deal to parents or teachers.

The school system has always made a big deal about skipping classes and I understand, I really do. However, it is high school. Just high school. Students without justified means for skipping classes have created a bad reputation for other students who skip only out of necessity.

Under normal in-school learning conditions, the school system expects us to follow their rules and their schedule and trusts us minimally to organize our own time. But now, under these current conditions, we are trusted with everything involved in our own education, including managing our own time.

The point I’m making is this: We’re in high school. We’re aged 14-18, and we should be allowed to mess up. And if we’re using the time we’re missing in class to do other productive or creative things, this seems justified. As far as learning at home is concerned, then, as long as we’re doing something good or productive in any way, we should keep it up.

I suppose the best advice, for myself as well as those occasional skippers out there, is to try to follow a set routine as best as possible and to be careful of your free time. A break can be good, but too much of a good thing can be bad.