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School is a crucial aspect of children’s lives. If they are unable to go school each day to acquire the skills required to be successful in life, then they will be at a disadvantage. While school is an important part of youth, it is also important that the child takes a break from education. Without a break, young brains may fry.
Homework is a common part of children’s lives. Science has now shown that the benefits are not as big as we think.
“Young, growing bodies were designed to run and have lots of physical activity, Pam Norman, a former home school teacher, said. When we take one of those children and force them to sit in a chair and be quiet for several hours each day, we cause them to have problems such as ADD and ADHD. Then when we add hours of homework onto that so they don't even have free play.”
Researchers did a study on high school students getting homework. When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were “often or always stressed over schoolwork,” with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor. Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor. Too much homework is bad for your health but if you have very little homework the outcomes are healthier mentally.
“Homework can be good. Too much homework is when it becomes a bad thing. For me, homework helps solidify concepts that I learned by forcing me to revisit the material,” Julia Plante, a college student at Trinity University, said.
Homework can help children learn and revisit material, but too much can lead to stress. Children should have school work- not homework, because homework takes a lot of valuable time away from studying.
Homework can be beneficial, but the system needs a better balance between school work and studying at home. Too much homework can cause problems, but giving less homework would benefit students.
~Dylan Nunez- Journalism I writer
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Marijuana is beginning to change the way adolescents view the substance in America, making it the number one most commonly used illicit drug.
The use of marijuana is most common and widespread among adolescents and young adults. The effects of smoking affect every user differently whether it is used short-term or long-term.
“I feel like people [teens] are more entitled to smoke in order to fit in, ” senior Ethan Childress said. Aware of the issue of teens who smoke, he feels if students at his school were to undergo mandatory drug test that, “half the people wouldn’t even show up.”
According to the Monitoring the Future Survey, an annual survey of drug use and attitudes among the nation’s middle and high school measures of marijuana use by eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders peaked in the mid-to-late 1990’s and has slowed since.
“They’re [teens] not getting the grades and passing,” Ethan said.
People under the influence experience a euphoria and sense of relaxation. Other effects, which may vary dramatically among different people, include heightened sensory perception, laughter, altered perception of time, and increased appetite.
For some, it is easy to identify someone under the influence. As for sophomore Samuel Kilcrease. He witnesses many of his fellow classmates under the influence while at school. He does not believe marijuana is something he would want to take part in but he does believe, “there are benefits for other people.” Sam believes that marijuana is a gateway drug for teens. “Once you start one thing, you’re probably gonna do other things down the road,” Sam said If marijuana was legal in the entire U.S. he still would not consider smoking.
Potential medicinal properties of marijuana and its components have been the subject of research and heated debate for decades.
Ethan said, “I feel like medical marijuana should be legal because it’s for medical reasons, and I’ve read about how beneficial it can be.” Sam feels that only medical marijuana should be legal in the US because, “[recreational] marijuana is bad for your health.”
An additional concern with "medical marijuana" is that little is known about the long-term impact of its use by people with health complications.
~Jalen Robinson- Journalism 1,
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There has been a decent amount of fights that have been happening on the school campus and everyone has their own mixed opinions and feelings towards them. Most teenagers in high school always want to see someone fight and instigate the kids fighting into doing just so.
During the week of March 19th-23rd, there were six fights on school grounds. The school had five police officers stay in the downstairs hallways to try and prevent any more fights from happening.
“I think that the fights on campus are funny but useless because nobody knows how to fight anymore. Teachers try to get too involved with them and end up getting hurt and this causes bigger problems,” Jakob Villareal (9) said.
Also, ninth grader Kayden Kelly said “Teenagers beef and talk on social media which causes tension between people and then that’s how most fights happen. It's either over relationships, gangs, someone talking about someone , and he said she said accusations”. All of the admins, vice principals, and Ms. Sosa are trying to prevent anymore fights happening by showing the students that they can get in some serious trouble by being in the fight or encouraging students to fight.
Students get sent to alternative school / DEAP for 30 days or get sent to ISS for three to five days if the fight didn't cause much harm to anyone.
“All the reasons for fighting in school are useless,” Kelly said. “Fights are always going to be a normal thing in schools, and with growing up there's going to be more and more that occur because the older you get the more you try and “prove” yourself to others.”
~Amare Little- Journalism 1 writer
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Spring Break is the week every high school student looks forward too, as the school year begins to end.
Allie Bledsoe, a freshman, had spent her Spring Break traveling to the city of San Antonio, Texas. She went sightseeing all over the city with her family and friends.
“I went to the Alamo, the Riverwalk, and the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum.” Allie said.
Over the break, Allie mostly spent time with her family, and a long time friend she made while her father was stationed on a military base in Japan. She also spent much of her break watching Netflix movies and making contraptions to hold her phone up. Allie tried many new things which helped her enjoy her Spring Break more.
Isabel Benzor, a freshmen, traveled out of state to spend some quality time with her family.
“I went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.” Isabel said.
Isabel said she enjoyed riding roller coasters and flying out of state the most out of her whole Spring Break. She also watched the new movie Five Feet Apart, and spent time with her close friends. Allie Bledsoe and Isabel Benzor both said that spending time with friends and family is the most important thing to over Spring Break.
~Kyra Sedgwick- Journalism I writer