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A Balancing Act

Original post made by Corynn, Danville, on Oct 4, 2010

One School Day = six hours. That’s not entirely true, when you think about it, you still have to deal with school even after the six hours are done. There is homework that the teachers assign, and also studying for tests and projects. So how much time is left over after you’ve done all of the work? Well, it depends on what time you go to bed and there are many other variables, as well. One variable has to do with how many academic classes you are taking. If you take AP or Honors classes you are going to have more homework and you’ll end up using some of the left over time to study for more tests. They have more curriculum to cover, so there will be more (outside of school) work to do.

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Posted by Kerry Dickinson
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 6, 2010 at 7:23 am

I'm a parent of two high school students. Have you seen the documentary "Race to Nowhere?"
It addresses all of the stresses you mention in your article. ( And, I also write about these unhealthy stress levels in my blog called East Bay Homework Blog
(Web Link). My question to high school students is how can you make an impact on your family and school community to begin to change this uneven balancing act? Writing and talking about it is a good first step. Perhaps the local high schools can begin student stress forums or something that is student-driven which will help alert parents, teachers and administrators to these problems. I'm willing to help. Write me if you want to talk about some ideas.

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Posted by Rachel Ennen
a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2010 at 10:33 am

THANK YOU! Finally people can remember what its like being a teenager and have sympathy on us, or at least understand what its like.

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Posted by Natalie Bartnick
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Yes, I completely agree. It is so hard to do well in school and still have time for sports, theatre and friends. I just don't think the teachers and parents really get it, you know? They just kind of expect it.

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Posted by Casey
a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Corynn! its Casey- the only casey you know. I love this article and really agree with it..

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Posted by Ashley
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

You think parents don’t get it, but we really do. We were once high school students, too! High school is where you are supposed to learn how to balance different aspects of life, and you students should ask your parents why we always say “do your best.” For me and my husband, it is not for us to be able to say how proud we are. We say that as a gentle reminder for our kids because we have more life experience and know what it takes to succeed. As parents, we are just trying to make sure you have every opportunity available to you so you can do whatever you want in the real world and don’t look back and say, “if only…” because I guarantee at some point in your life you will have one of those moments.

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Posted by Taylor
a resident of Danville
on Oct 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

I don't think that that is what she is getting at. We know parents don't mean to put pressure on us, but it does happen sometimes. I think that Corynn is completely right, on the fact that sometimes it does get hard as a student, son/daughter, athlete, thespian, and lots of other things to balance everything. This is a wonderful article Corynn! Keep writing! We love to read them!