Alexandra Keehan, a high school senior from Indiana, started off the school year with a mission to put a halt to stress at her high school She formed a “Stunt the Stress” club and encourages other high school students across the country to do the same.
I Have Obscene Amounts of Useless but Nonetheless Time-Consuming Homework
by Alexandra Keehan
To understand the history and reasoning behind my club, Stunt the Stress, I think it’s best that you should be familiar with my academic biography.
I am currently a senior in high school. You may view that as an experienced student or only a beginner. Take it as you will, either way my education has not in that time been confined to one state or region in the US. Nor has it taken place in just public or private schooling. I have attended school in Arizona, New Mexico, and Indiana. In these states I have enrolled in private, charter, and public schools. Let me tell you each has their downfalls. Maybe this will help the reader to understand that my experiences are not native to one particular place or kind of education.
My goals have always been high and so is my motivation but even I have had trouble keeping afloat in the modern day school systems. I have seen many seemingly smart and adaptable students go through this and I wonder how does the mediocre school kid survive?
I will let you in on a secret. The reason students are always quickly copying homework from last night is because they were up until 1:30 finishing another subject’s homework. Granted there will always be those “slacker” students.
Despite that late nights and early mornings I started freshman year of high school with all A’s and a 4.2. All of which accompanied my rigorous schedule.
My middle school and high school career has been composed of teachers refusing to tutor me or agreeing to but never showing up to meetings. I have asked for help and received the response “Maybe you are not smart enough for this class.” I have sent countless polite and beseeching emails to teachers and counselors that have gone unanswered, most likely purposely deleted on site. And I can’t forget the part where I am constantly being treated like a complete moron by my educators.
Thanks to standardized tests, school funding requirements, and genius ideas from those people that dictate school policy and laws I am faced with obscene amount of useless but nonetheless time consuming homework and must cram massive amounts of knowledge in my head in a weeks worth of time for memorization to never review it again. There is a quote about learning to memorize is useless but learning to understand is key. Apparently our schools haven’t heard that one.
Because of America’s (and possibly other country’s) approach to learning our fundamentals are lacking. Students are required to spread their knowledge thin over a broad amount of subjects instead of a deeper knowledge on basics. It doesn’t help that teachers always assume our last teacher taught us this but she did not because she assumed our last teacher did and on and on.
The stress became so bad my days consisted of learning in school, studying in school, doing school homework, researching for school work, stressing about school, and having nightmares about school. What a lovely existence. Keep in mind we are someone’s daughter, son, granddaughter, grandson, sister, and brother. As grown up as we try to be, we are still children.
Enough is enough. This is the reason I began Stunt the Stress. Originally it was a web site for all the desperate students of the world and I still intend it to be. However as I started to think about it it made sense to fight stress at its source, school. That is how it became a school club. Stunt the Stress takes a positive approach to managing school stress by building a strong relationship with the school faculty. Our goal is to educate, enlighten, and negotiate with our teachers.
It is important to whoever is reading this that although you may not attend my school or even be a student you can always view my website, stuntthestress.com. I hope this will inspire others to make similar and greater contributions to fighting school stress.
I thank all the parents that support their children, especially mine. Parents can make a greater impact than they think.