To anyone who had a decent public education, few things are more painful than hearing about a school having to make cuts. That was the case, unfortunately, at Jordan Middle School, as dozens of students donned black Tuesday to protest the school’s recent discontinuation of seventh period.
Unlike most school cuts, this one didn’t have much to do with economics. Teachers at Jordan voted to discontinue the seventh-period electives because they stretched staff thin and took time away from core subjects.
Ultimately, that may have been the best decision from a logical standpoint. But just looking over the list of discontinued programs — History through Food, Poetry and Music, Elements of Epic Screenplay Writing and others — brings us back to our most adventurous days in school.