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Zoe Parker, Debakey, 2017
As the time for standardized testing nears, the principal at Debakey has been emphasizing more and more that students should be attending tutorials in order to get the extra help they need. But how can students attend tutorials if they don’t have a way to get back home?
I think that all schools should provide schools bus service for students who attend after-school tutorials. Many students do not attend tutorials because they may not have a way to get back home. I, personally, skip tutorials sometimes because if I were to attend tutorials on Monday, Tuesday,or Thursday, my mom may not be able to pick me up or I wouldn’t get home until about 8:30 or 9:00. Being a student at Debakey, I need all the homework time I can get. If my school allowed buses to come for tutorial students, I would attend tutorials a lot more. Additionally, I think it would be very helpful to those who only need that extra push that could get their average to the next letter grade.
Not having buses for after school tutorials leaves kids without a ride with no choice but to skip tutoring and go home. As a result,there are more kids that are not getting the help that could get them where they need to be academically. I have personally suffered from this when I needed help preparing for a quiz in Algebra 2. There was a quiz the next class, but I didn’t understand the concept. However, I didn’t want to go to tutorials because I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it home until after 8:00. So, I didn’t go that day and tried my best to learn the concept from the book, but I eventually gave up after becoming frustrated.
Improving the transportation system by having buses for tutorial students will have great academic implications for students. It will allow them to get help as needed without the inconvenience of getting home late and so they won’t have to risk failing the next quiz. Furthermore, it will motivate them to attend tutorials when they need help in the future once they see how much of an improvement they have on their grades. I really hope that HISD really takes this idea into consideration. This advancement could be the change that improves the academic performance of students all over HISD.