Academic Detention to Reinforce Student Accountability

By Kailey Heiter

New year, new system, new version of detention. Legend shows that we are always changing and improving our methods. This year’s revisions are geared towards discipline, specifically detention.

“Now you’re required to use your time wisely and get something academic done,” said Principal Corey Wise.

“Being able to hold the students accountable, and as long as they are being accountable its working,” said Kendra Gish.

This year Legend High School is trying something new with the way they run the after school detention and saturday school. Some may ask if this is another branch of the intervention system.

“Well, yes and no. It’s sort of to do things better than previous years and to just see what things are working out,” said Wise.

Every time you walk into detention or Saturday school, there is new work waiting for you. There is a sheet you have to fill out telling Terry Glenn, who runs the detentions, why you’re in there and what you need to get done for your teachers. She then gives that paper back to your teacher, and this lets the teacher know what you’ve achieved.

Not everybody has the same views on this new academic detention. Some feel like it’s a pointless addition, while other say its a positive exercise in accountability.

“[Students] know what needs to be done, and the impact it has on their education,” Wise said.

Responsibility seems to be the big theme of Legend this year. But do the students like this new system?

“Honestly, it’s annoying. I think they are making something that should be an option a requirement. It’s our education; we should be able to decide whether or not we want to work or not,” said junior Kaylee Tiedke.

Others find that the benefit of detention isn’t the remediation, but the work they are required to do.

“Being given a designated time to get your work done and being required to do it helps me to get it done faster,” said senior Carlos Orozco.

“I think that the kids fill out the paper and say they are getting the stuff done but they are not doing it and I’m not seeing results,” said teacher Lauren Wiatrek.

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