2012-03-02 / Community

Cranking Up The Heat

This time of the year, for high school students, is when the fire gets turned up.

They have many different tests to take, each being very important and weighing heavily on their grades. There are finals, the Regents, and for some, even the SATs.

The tests are needed to continue onto the next step, but is the pressure too much?

At school, many of the students aren’t working well undear the heat. “It’s definitely too much,” one says. “Three weeks of testing is ridiculous!” Some records show that certain students have given up altogether, letting their grades drop dramatically. “I have a friend who doesn’t even come to school anymore,” another one says. So are we pushing our children too hard? Is it healthy to test them so much?

Parents would say, “Absolutely!” And that if their children thought it was too hard now, then they won’t be ready for anything once they get into the real world.

But maybe adults are just outraged that their children were even complaining at all. Some feel that they should be happy that they get to go to school and get an education. “I remember when I was younger, I wasn’t even allowed to read — much less learn basic math,” one explains. And according to them, students should use the time they take to complain to, instead, study for exams.

Because in the real world, it could be worse.

JAZZMIN HOLLY

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