Menial Morning Assemblies
Junior class gathers for morning assembly
Every student at Milton knows the morning assembly routine: show up at 7:58am, check in, sit through twenty minutes of announcements, and get to first period class on time. Assemblies are held five times a week in various buildings around campus in an effort to build community and keep students updated on upcoming events.With the exceptions of the full Upper School assembly in the FCC on Mondays and day students’ advisor meetings on Wednesdays, each class meets alone twice a week and is paired with the grade directly above or below it one time as well.
Day students, especially those who rely on buses, are allowed five cuts before a detention; boarders, who have no real excuse are only allotted three.
The school maintains that morning assemblies keep the student body “cohesive” while also communicating up-to-date information on campus happenings. Most students, however, will agree that, by the third week of school, assemblies are good for little more than eating, wrapping-up homework, or waking up.
Many students argue that assemblies do not convey enough useful announcements to justify holding four assemblies a week. John Glasfeld (IV), a new boarder, shares that, “At times, [the Class Deans] are grasping at straws for topics, but I guess they keep us on our toes.”
As for Wednesday morning day student advisor meetings, the time would be much better served with a rolling check in that would allow day students to catch up on some much needed rest.
Sarah Lew (III), a new student in Hallowell, says she “…just want[s] to sleep.” She went on to mention that she “[is] often up until 11:00pm working… and [doesn’t] get anything out of morning assemblies except cuts.”
As Sarah makes clear, students see that daily morning assemblies are detrimental to students’ well-being and lacking in real informative value for the institution to maintain. Milton would serve its students much more efficiently by moving to a system with only one or two assemblies a week.
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