Eric - pearland, Texas
Entered on April 3, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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When you are an average high school student you probably have at least one Pre-AP or AP class and for most an extra curricular activity. Apparently teachers do not realize this. They definitely do not take any other classes into consideration.

When you have an AP class they do not tell you but it takes a lot of time out of your schedule and requires more, but not much more, work than anticipated. If you are in an extra curricular activity they do tell you that it will take most of your time and dedication, if they don’t tell you this they are lying. If you are like most students you have at least one of each of these in your daily schedule.

When you have both of these in your schedule it can be managed, but it is difficult. This is without any extra projects, but that never happens in an AP class. No, in an AP class you may have up to three projects at one time, this alone is hardly manageable, but if you have that extra curricular it is nearly impossible. I have had this happen. I was not getting home until six o’clock every night and I had three projects going on in one class. It was nearly impossible to keep up with the work and have an adequate amount of sleep every night. As you can well imagine I was about to crack under the pressure and have to either quit my extra curricular or skip some of my practices to get caught up, but that would have meant getting into a lot of trouble and not being able to compete. After seeing first hand the insane amount of pressure put onto students and experiencing how much pressure is added just from homework I whole-heartedly feel that all teachers should reconsider the amount of work given to students and the time frame for it. I have seen all of these factors and personally experienced all of these things, and that is why I believe that teachers should be limited on the amount of work that they give to students and on when they give it in consideration to the assignment before it.

I believe this now and will always believe it for the rest of my life. Homework is directly connected with a students stress level. I feel that this change could affect the lives of many people after my graduation.