Is It Time for Fewer Assemblies?


Panelists representing different faiths offer insight at a religious roundtable assembly on Oct. 21. Photo: Ryan Vihlen

It’s Wednesday morning at Pace Academy, and everyone knows what that means. Time to shuffle into the FAC for another weekly assembly. Students and staff are almost always met with a PowerPoint projected on the screen and a representative from some organization standing on the stairs ready to head to the podium. From week to week, the Pace community may be listening to the guest speaker for Atlanta Celebrates Photography or the SunTrust Women’s Mentoring Group.

For the record, I don’t think there is anything wrong with organizations like these, as each one seems to be benefiting the community at large, but it can sometimes be monotonous for those in the crowd. On the other end of the spectrum, we could all be witnessing the 30 minutes of horrifying video footage warning teen drivers of the dangers of texting and driving.

Either way, it’s time to question whether we really need assemblies every week. Think about what you do in assembly. Do you really listen? Or do you blankly stare at the screen with some speaker’s voice barely registering in the background? It’s been 15 minutes and the only other thing you’ve looked at was Ms. Riley or Dr. Pearson snipe someone on their cellphone.

Pace should at least consider giving students the extra hour of sleep on Wednesdays. They call Wednesday the “hump day” for a reason. We’re halfway done with the week, and maybe all everyone really needs is another hour before school. I don’t need to elaborate on the hours that Pace students put into their work, but the average Pace student will take any extra time for sleep that they can get. It could make students more lively during school and make assemblies more exciting when they do occur.