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DOES CLASS/SCHOOL SIZE AFFECT STUDENTS?

Lina Lin
NOVEMBER 2019

New York is no stranger to high schools that houses thousands of kids. But is it worthwhile? Do students perform better at the giant (2,000+kids) schools or small schools (400-600 kids)

BIG SCHOOL EVALUATIONS: 

ADVANTAGES: 

-More extracurricular activities, more class options, more events, more resources, more funding, whole campus/one building to ourselves 

DISADVANTAGES:

 -Harder to get a letter of recommendation

 -A lot of competition

-Cliques, harder to communicate with school staff about your grades, etc. 

-No real student-teacher bonds (how do you expect a teacher to remember 1,000+ kid’s names (freshman’s experience in Brooklyn tech)

SMALL SCHOOL EVALUATIONS:

ADVANTAGES: 

-Individualized attention, close-knit community, teacher-student relationships 

-More ideal for quiet students to reach their full potential 

DISADVANTAGES: 

-Fewer clubs, not as much funding 

-Fewer staffs, not as much class options

BACK IN THE STONE AGE: (the 1960s): 

Scientists decided that maybe the bigger the school, the more effective, and higher quality. 

BUT, they were wrong. 

IT ACTUALLY SHOWS that kids perform academically better in small schools (the secret: more attention and engagement) 

BREAKDOWN. HMMMM...HOW MUCH FUNDING?

Every pupil that is enrolled in a school gets ROUGHLY $13,837 (rounded up, $14,000). I’m guessing that MHSHS has about 100 kids per grade. 

Calculated: the school gets $6,510,000 every year. Also, the school makes money off of us by making us pay for uniforms.

In conclusion, IT IS ULTIMATELY YOUR PREFERENCE. But, MHSHS is a decent school, right? 

 
Student Writing

DO YOU NEED HOMEWORK IN ORDER TO LEARN?

Lina Lin
OCTOBER 2019

Generations of the 21st century consider every day as a day in and day out struggle of homework, homework, homework. They may be so discouraged they think, “ This is life. Get on with it.” But, all this homework? Is it all going to waste (killing trees)? Or does it really leave a lasting impact? 

In this article, I will survey students and parents, and give a breakdown of how people feel about homework. 


High School Kids Take: 


Pros: It is necessary to have homework as it is like practice. It reinforces the skills you have learned in school (no wonder you take it home), and you won’t forget crucial things taught in school (since memory isn’t that great?). It indeed helps teachers as well, knowing if the students need more practice on a skill (if the students are more of the quiet type). 


Cons: On the other hand, others thought it would be better to just take a test every week to reinforce the skills we have learned. It also takes away time from recreational activities (no wonder so little kids in MHSHS join clubs/sports). Perhaps, it can be classified as the leading cause of stress?


We want your take on this one: Cheating has inevitably become more common in college. Why do you think students feel the need to cheat? Is it stress, pressure, competition, or even unfair grading rubrics? 


How do Parents feel? 

Scenario 1: The second you come home, you slump down on the couch and complain about the amount of homework you have. Do your parents start to frown or smile? Of course, they would frown. They don’t want you to cry over homework. (parent affection comes into play here) They don’t want to see you suffer. See you suffer, end of the story. Grab the phone, dial the school number, and complain to the school.  (the usual cycle)

Scenario 2: Student 1 comes home, bangs open the door, rushes into the living room yelling, “Mom, I need help with homework!!” After your day of work, you will be extremely tired and not in the mood. You sigh, try to remember everything you learned in school but fail. So, what do you do? 

Based on these two scenarios, you can tell that parents are not looking forward to homework. They actually hate it even though do they secretly love it since it gives them an excuse to feel better about themselves and their life situation.