It is absolute anarchy that extra credit for bringing in charitable goods, taking part in your school’s Spirit Week and anything other than academics has been dismissed. Students obviously work to maintain their grades, but a little bit of simple, easier extra credit benefits everyone and doing away with it creates a new dimension of stress for those struggling with their grades. Sophomore Casey Shauman and junior Bailey Coolican agree when they add in the perspective that the extra credit now offered is too hard for too few points, therefore students feel discouraged and don’t even attempt to try.
When students go to school they realize they’ll being sitting in seats for a matter of seven hours hearing only academic terms and soaking in new knowledge, but they’d also like to have a sense of community on their campus. Having some extra spare points as a reward for participating in local charities or just being part of their school’s Spirit Week is harmless. Making extra credit only come from academic work is a waste a time and tedious since students already put hours at school and home doing academic work and projects.
Even though some say the change creates a chance to expand minds and get some extra practice in, they obviously are unaware of the multiple worksheets and homework assignments done daily to practice a concept. Also, going to school and learning mathematical terms and concepts that will most likely never apply to the lives of students after high school is expanding, broadening and challenging the minds of every student.
Extra credit is meant to be a way to participate in something a little more or “extra” than just the math, science and English aspects of a student’s school life.