Is study hall necessary?

A student listen to music
A student listens to music

Twenty students — ten sophomores and ten juniors — took part in a poll where they were asked the following questions: what do you think of study hall, what do you do in study hall, is study hall too long or too short, should study hall be optional, what should study hall be replaced with, and what year will you graduate?

The first question resulted in 11 students ranking study hall as ‘fair’, four students ‘good’, four ‘awful’, only one said ‘great’.

The most common answer for the second question was ‘nothing’ and ‘playing on Chomebooks’. Fourteen students thought study hall was too long and six said it was too short.

Eight students thought study hall should not be optional, seven had no opinion, and five thought it should. Ten students said study hall should be replaced with early dismissal, seven said free block, two said to keep study hall, and one person said late arrival.


One student doing homework and two next to him playing on there computers
One student doing homework and two next to him playing on their computers.

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to