Off-Blocks, Good or Bad?

Grace Huinker, Hayden Madison

As students receive their schedules this week, some may see “Off Block” listed as one of their four block courses for the semester.

At Bob Jones this spring semester, about 160 students take off-blocks for online classes (offered at BJHS), 105 students dual enroll at nearby colleges, and close to 200 students co-op. Students are required to leave campus during an off-block.

 Mrs. Horton, assistant principal, shared the advantages and disadvantages of off-blocks. “The main advantages are for the student to have time to work on their online courses, work, or attend college classes on their own schedule.  They don’t necessarily have to work on their classes during the off block, but this allows them to leave campus if needed… The main disadvantage is time management. The classwork is still due, and sometimes it can be more work than an ‘in person’ class.  You have to work daily to keep up with assignments, or you will most likely do poorly in the class.”

Sarah Roach, a senior, stated, “I think off-blocks are beneficial for students who have work or have lots of homework they need to get done; an off-block gives them more time for this.” 

There is a stereotype that comes with off-blocks; some people believe that they are pointless, a way for students to slack. The experience, whether it is earning money or learning something that students want to learn on their own time, can be beneficial for students. Students can learn valuable lessons both inside and outside of a traditional classroom.