Academic Intervention | Right idea, wrong execution

Andrew Woodworth, Reporter

Proper execution is crucial when it comes to building integrity, academic or not. In order to gain knowledge and gain benefits, one must be attentive and engaged in a lesson or activity. Even though the majority of time in Academic Intervention is spent like that of a study hall, a time for students to complete homework and visit with teachers, on occasion advisory lessons are administered. However, lessons given in Academic Intervention seem to be less beneficial than more so, as it restricts the opportunity that students receive to visit their teachers for help studying, to make up an exam, or to ask questions; keys to academic success. It is important to engage students, but rather it’s the method of execution that counts. If these academic lessons were created or inspired by high school students, their target audience, then it would likely be more appealing to students, as they may be able to better relate. 


Little information regarding Academic Intervention can be found on the school website, however, it is accredited to “Academic Intervention ACT Prep Sessions”, which, of course, is important in that it helps students prepare for the ACT exam. One major flaw possessed by academic intervention is the fact that it may take vital class time away from students; in which they can receive direct assistance from teachers, or simply work on homework. 


The general idea of these lessons revolves around the building of student integrity and morals. These are crucial aspects of life that students should practice. Having the ability to show integrity towards others, and yourself, is something that shouldn’t be foreign to anyone. It is evident that these are indeed principles valued by the school, they just seem to have trouble effectively implementing them. Other activities within Academic Intervention include Panorama surveys and Xello lessons, both of these additional practices are required by the state of Kansas and are not influenced or created by those that orchestrate advisory lessons. A key aspect to consider is what and how much the students gain from these lessons, which as of now is not much. Having the influence of other students, the lessons will surely improve.