Debating the Issue

Hello everyone! We have been talking mainly about OUR point of view on the subject of education, so let’s listen to a conversation debating both points of view.

*Conversation between Jessie(our side) and Julie(against us)*

Jessie: Homework is too much. It is the main factor of my stress, and I spend almost every moment I have at home trying to complete it. I would rather just go to bed to get a goodnight’s sleep, not completing my assignments. Even better, I don’t even believe homework should be assigned at all.

Julie: I strongly disagree. Homework challenges you and refreshes you with practice on what you learned that day in school. Saying to yourself “No to homework” late at night, will not get the homework completed, and it will affect your grades. Loosing a few hours of sleep each night is worth good grades.

Jessie: Whatever you say… But wait! I am not going to take five AP courses if it will only stress me out and cause me loose a good amount of sleep.

Julie: That is very true, it will stress you out. However, at the end of the year, it will all be over! You need to differentiate yourself for college admission. Many students are taking multiple AP courses. To be accepted into high level colleges, you need to go above and beyond. The standards are rising and rising, and if you are looking to be accepted to high level colleges, you need to challenge yourself and keep up with them.

Jessie: How is challenging myself beneficial to my mental health if all it does is add on to my stress?

Julie: Challenging yourself with hard courses and stress is beneficial because it will help prepare you for your future. How will the future of our county continue to grow if our students aren’t prepared for the real world? The students today are the future leaders of our country. You can not slack off in the real world, and you will often be faced with stress.

Jessie: You are saying I need to differentiate myself my taking higher level classes, but the standards and expectations are rising each year.Since many who are applying to college are achieving beyond the requirements, you can have straight A’s, have taken over 2 AP’s each year, have over 200 hours of community service, and look the exact same as 50 other student applicants. To the college you just look, “normal”, even though you put countless years of work and effort into your high school years.

Julie: You are correct, but does this mean you just want to give up the chance of going to college just because you look the same? You can also differentiate yourself by extracurricular activities, it does not only have to be academically.

Jessie: Okay fine. Now let’s talk about Block Schedule. I don’t believe it is necessary for high school because students have a hard time focusing for longer periods of time. It is also challenging for students to keep up with the fast pace of their classes, which only last a semester of the regular schedule.

Julie: Block Schedule prepares high school students for college. Block Schedule classes are the same length of college classes, which prepares the high school students, so they will be used to the rigger in college.

Jessie: You have very good points, but I am sticking with my side. Good-bye!


Which side do you agree with? Comment below!


Sleep is NOT Optional

Teens need an average of 9.25 hours of sleep each night, and the majority of adolescents get an average of 7 hours of sleep per night, and 1/4 get six hours or less. Sleep is so so important in 2 main ways. Sleep is NEEDED for your physical and mental health. It also is really important in regards to school and learning, because sleep consolidates  and stabilizes what you have been learning in school, and so you need sleep in order to learn and process new information.



Here’s a quote from the National Sleep Foundation, in the article, Backgrounder: Later School Start Times, “The roots of the problem include poor teen sleep habits that do not allow for enough hours of quality sleep; hectic schedules with afterschool activities and jobs, homework hours and family obligations; and a clash between societal demands, such as early school start times, and biological changes that put most teens on a later sleep-wake clock. As a result, when it is time to wake up for school, the adolescent’s body says it is still the middle of the night, and he or she has had too little sleep to feel rested and alert.”



Many schools are starting to make a change, in the students best interest. They are trying to synchronize their start and end times with the students body clock, so that students are at school at their most alert hours, and getting the full academic potential out of the student. Students can’t function without sleep. Sleep is not optional, it is biologically necessary!!



Look how content the well rested sleepers look!!


Different Points of View, and Consequences

Continuing the topic of our “Raising Standards” post, which can be found here, let’s go over some of the consequences of saying no to homework.

Let’s face it, it is extremely tempting to go to bed every night early. However, dedicated students choose to stay up late to complete stressful assignments. Saying to yourself “No to homework” late at night, will not get the homework completed, and it will affect your grades. This brings us right to the problem of how high of expectations colleges have, with the standards rising and rising.

The reason students are achieving good grades and completing all stressful assignments is to seem unique, to distinct themselves from other people in college applications. Since everyone who is applying to college is achieving beyond the requirements, you can have straight A’s, have taken over 2 AP’s each year, have over 200 hours of community service, and look the exact same as 50 other student applicants. To the college you just look, “normal”, even though you put countless years of work and effort into your high school years. However, if students do not choose to distinct themselves, you will not look any different in the long-run.

Colleges like to see variances in students, and if you have those certain factors, you might just be accepted, depending on the acceptance rate. Attending college heavily affects your future. It will set you future: your job, your family, your income, where you live, your possessions, etc.

Since students were infants, they’ve had the idea-you have to go to college to get a job,and graduating high school is a minimum, unless you want to work at McDonalds- jammed into their brains. As a result, the mindset of student’s is that all the stress and effort is worth it, to receive a decent job and make enough money to withstand a family of four. In my opinion, I would rather go to college and work hard, than working at McDonalds on minimum wage. To be accepted to college, I am willing to put in the stress and staying up too late, if it means having a good future that I enjoy.


Via, 2013

We are humans, not robots! However, this world has set the standards for comfortable living, and they are stress, hard work, and overachieving.

Have anything to say about the topic? Which side are you on? Please comment below!

“Race to Nowhere”

Race To Nowhere is a 2009 documentary written by Maimone Attia and directed by Vicki Abeles and Jessica Congdon. It is about the pressures of school, homework, and extra curricular activities. The idea for this film came from Abeles’s personal experience, her middle-school daughter became physically sick and was diagnosed with a stress-induced illness. Yes, you may say that doesn’t guarantee that school is what stressed her out, but Vicki Abeles made many changes at home, yet still nothing changed. She began to talk to other students and parents and began to hear the same problems over and over again about the current educational system. This inspired her to make a change and give a voice to the current system that has to ability to effect way more than the mental sanity of this generations students. You may think of students as dumb little kids, but once they become of age to start working, they are in control of a lot and their lack of a good education could alter economic growth and the increase of high school dropouts could lead to not enough people to fill high paid positions requiring a high education.


Race to Nowhere is still a very active campaign. Visit their website here.


Click here for the “Contact” page on their website!

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Race to Nowhere is based on the same idea as our campaign, the faults of the United States school system.