Some people wonder what the difference is between honors and regular classes. Well, one obvious answer is that honor classes tend to be a bit harder, but another thing I’ve noticed is that honor classes have a lot more crazier assignments and real high expectations.
One example was the sophomore project on A Tale of Two Cities. This project was worth around 245 points, which is a crazy amount. Although I’m going to stick with the fact that having to write over 40 chapter summaries, answer over 100 questions, create a description for each character, and draw out a family tree is a bit out of hand, I can also conclude that from the perspective of a teacher, this project looks to be something an honor student should be able to handle. Teachers believe that as honor students, we would inadvertently keep up with this type of project by putting aside 45 minutes each night.
But see, there’s the problem. As honor students, there is a lot more expected out of us, which is understandable, but is it reasonable? We’re still regular students who will inevitability procrastinate. With procrastination, this kind of project turns into a 16-hour project that you do the day before it’s due. No matter what kind of honor student you are, good or bad, this type of procrastination will happen for a few reasons.
One reason is because there is no way, that for about four or five weeks of reading A Tale of Two Cities, students can put aside about an hour each night to work on the project because we have a life outside of English class, so skipping a night of the project, means we have to put two hours aside for the next night. For most students this is unreasonable with sports, extracurricular activities, and not to mention the other pile of homework assigned to us by other classes.
But English class is not the only honors class that gets a little out of hand. I’ve also had to do whole chapter outlines for Western Civ. If that doesn’t seem like a lot of work, please take out your Western Civ book and count the pages. It’s a lot.
Now, it’s looks like I’m just another student complaining about homework, but I’m not the only one who has noticed this excessive amount of work from honors classes. Junior Jonass Placitis has also noticed this work load.
“Teachers seem to be relatively oblivious to anything outside of their own classrooms, even other classes that surround them, and that can really put a lot of stress on each individual,” he said. “Regardless of if a student participates in sports or extra-curricular activities, school does not exist in a bubble; there are external factors that draw from the time that is supposedly meant to be devoted towards the teacher’s homework. Sure, it may not seem so bad when a teach assigns a large homework assignment due the next day; but what happens when the next class does the same, and the next, and the next?”
This type of stress that we have to put up with is a bit ridiculous. I don’t blame some people who actually drop out of honors classes, but I also think it’s best to stick it through. Throughout all these crazy, ridiculous projects, comes learning experiences. You definitely learn how to stop procrastinating, because it is such a horrible habit and you also learn your stress limit. Believe me, for these types of projects it’s above any limit.