Written by: Hyrum Edwards
Everyone knows traditions can be as pointless as a dull pencil. In my English class, we recently read a story about the traditions of society. Sometimes traditions can be removed or brought back. A great example of a good tradition that got removed, was flex. Because I am an 8th grader, I never had flex time, but I know that students would do better in school with flex.
Flex was a 45 minute break from your classes when you could do your homework or, if you didn't have to make up any work, you could play in the gym. Most students would love the opportunity to have some free time at school.
Hank Erickson, an 8th grader at MJH, said, “We need flex for more than one reason - for extra time on school work, or to socialize.”
If you are in ninth grade or higher in 2021-2022, you have gotten to experience flex and you probably loved it. It's not fair that the school got rid of flex. Their excuse for getting rid of flex was Covid-19. Well, if that was really their reason, we should have flex back again! We are in classrooms with 30 other people, sitting one foot away all day. We eat lunch in the cafeteria next to tons of people. In between classes, we are crammed next to each other like sardines. Therefore, we are obviously over the Covid restrictions.
Flex could and will help people with good grades. Those that did not have homework could just hung out with their friends. It is a good break for all of us hard-working junior high kids. I'm not saying we need 45 minutes of flex, but we should have at least a 25 minute break.
Devon Gardner, another 8th grader at MJH, said, “I want flex, but I don't think we will get it back.”
What can we do about this? The wish assembly is coming up! I would encourage everyone to put their wishes in for flex time to be reinstated at Madison Junior High! Let’s make it happen!