Editorial: Morning announcements on TV screens

Every day, just a few minutes after the end of first period, two voices on the loudspeaker greet the entire school with fresh content for the morning announcements.  After the pledge of allegiance, some students try to decipher the static sounds of words being announced overhead in a noisy classroom, while others have little to no interest in the messages being delivered. 

This disparity puts students on either side at a disadvantage, and the most plausible way to compensate both may be through the television screens that are now actively displayed in varied locations of the school hallways.  As opposed to having announcers notify students of upcoming events or activities, the TV screens are much more efficient in providing news to students, teachers, and everyone else within the Schreiber community.

It has been a traditional custom at Schreiber as well as other schools to have the morning announcements on loudspeakers.  Some may argue that this practice has survived well enough for years and that there should not be any issues, based on its formality and simple routine.

In some part, the morning announcements may serve the purpose of brightening the mornings of each student, as well as feeding the school spirit, especially with the much-anticipated shout-of-the-day.

However, not all students are in favor of the announcements on loudspeakers.  Although loudspeakers are located in every part of the school, Schreiber’s large campus setting does not allow each and every student to hear the announcements, especially with those who solicit outside the building during this time. 

Furthermore, given the unique schedules of each student, some may miss the announcements when they arrive to school at a later time. 

Nevertheless, TV screens have been implemented recently with the purpose of informing students of additional school activities.  Also, a lot of announcements on the TVs are done to reiterate some of the content that have been said during the morning announcements.  

In addition, the flexibility of the TV screens fit almost perfectly with a student’s schedule.  Though the screens may be overlooked, they are always accessible anywhere at any time.  Thus, The Schreiber Times believes that our school should move towards delivering their announcements solely through TV screens, as using this measure seems to be sufficient.  

The recent implementation of more screens used for announcements hints at the school’s strong desire to move towards a more efficient school system.  Using these technological advances is the first fundamental step.