High School Work Load
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by Another Parent, Old Palo Alto,
on Nov 30, 2006
Are there students out there who have the time to tell me (a non high school parent) what your weekly homework load looks like? Rather than debating should finals come before or after the holidays, perhaps we should all look at what the load is and how we can reduce it. So, for instance, how many minutes a day do you spend on your English reading, how often do you have English papers due, how long are they, etc. As much of this as you can tell me (and all of us) for each subject. What non academic things (say, home economics) are required. Do they add to the work load?
I'm also curious if you find it valuable. Do you feel like you are learning important things, do you enjoy learning, do you feel prepared for the college of your choice?
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Posted by Student
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 3, 2006 at 11:01 pm
As a matter of fact, that stress assembly was entrancing!
I average six hours of sleep, and I'm going to ask Santa for three hours and 27 minutes every single day! That way, I can get my 9:27 of sleep that every single high schooler needs!
Needless to say, my workload is so light! I'm a junior in all advanced lanes. Because my exams are generally bunched together, I tend do study for an average of six to ten hours on those exam-riddled weeks. I'm actually pretty lucky, I only pull an all nighter every few weeks or so.
Well, that assembly taught me that if I want to relieve my stress, I should throw away all my college prospects, and drop all my hard classes! I have a 4.5 GPA, straight A's, and almost all AP's. Thanks to that assembly, I plan on dropping all my APs, lower my GPA to less than a 3.5, and settle for straight B's.
That way, I can get almost 10 hours of sleep a day, and have lots of fun socializing! Of course, being the short-sighted person I am, I'll be completely oblivious to the failures in life later. I can go to some random Cal State, and get a degree in something!
Thank you Gunn Administration, for giving us the opportunity to hear from the best in this field. Of course, Gunn students must reduce stress, and the best way to do so is to not take hard classes, and go to superb schools, including all the CSU's, and the highly regarded UC Santa Cruz.
It's a good thing that I took notes on that lady's moving lecture. I pulled an all nighter reviewing it, and making sure that I knew every bit of what she said. I even made flashcards to review the different methods of reducing stress, so I can look them over every night before I sleep.
When asked for the average amount of homework a student has, it is important to disregard the student's courses. Obviously, a student taking five low-lane courses will have the same amount of homework as a brilliant star-student enrolled in 7 AP classes. In addition, it is a fatal mistake the look into the students' diligency. If Jon Doe is working for a fabulous score of THREE on the AP Statistics test, he may work much much harder than Bob Brown, who wants to maintain his straight-five AP record.
It is a good choice to ask this good question on a forum such as Paloaltoonline.com, visited only but students who never waste time. The students who would naturally respond to this post will be so diligent, that they barely have time to sleep. However, their loyalty to this forum, and their dedication to the community allow them to stay up until 5AM to write quality feedback to posts like this. These students are definitely a good representation of all the students at Henry M. Gunn High School.
Finally, it is very important to remember that high schoolers are not normal human beings. They are zombies, who work on command, sleep on command, and wake up on command. They have supernatural powers allowing them to work through the night on weekdays. Those same magical forces allow them to sleep in past noon every single weekend. The sad truth is, today's high schoolers are nothing compared to the high schoolers of the sixties and seventies. Competition in rich neighborhoods such as Palo Alto is so mild, that nobody cares if they passed the CAHSEE, or if they failed the last algebra one final. In fact, with only a few dozen applicants to Stanford, and another twenty dozen who apply to Ivies, it is paramount that our students gain more supernatural powers to compete with the ever zombie like high schoolers of the new generation.