It's easy for you to say "let the parents take care of some of the responsibility", however have you looked at the average work load of the 10th, 11th, and 12th grader recently? I'm not trying to brag, but both my parents have 100K+ jobs, and they are both very good at what they do, however they haven't been able to help me with jack since I was in 8th grade...What do those parents who have assembly jobs and who work at burger king do to help their children because they themselves didn't even graduate highschool?The stuff we do is very tough, and most of my teachers have a hard time even explaining physics, chemistry, and biology to us, and it's their job!
Furthermore, I'm friggin 18 and here's my day...
School from 7am-3pm
3:45-5:45 is homework
6-10 is either...work, EMT class, fire department training
10-whenever is homework again...
And I'm not alone. Kids have gotten to the point here in America where we are just saying "Fudge it" because we quite honestly are over extended with stuff besides school.
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Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten, Uptown, what now? Lets make it happen.