By Megan, age 13, Ohio
I have never realized in my life that there were actually people in this world who thought reading the dictionary was fun or that homework was the only thing they spent time on! ... Well, at least until I came to my new school where most of my friends spend all of their time doing homework. These people hardly have a life out of school and homework!
I, on the other hand, spend a minimum amount of time doing homework, and a maximum amount of time having fun with friends. I'd rather have an average grade than suffocate myself with homework for the whole day. I mean, think about it ... If I were to die tomorrow, I'd definitely be mad at myself if I'd spent the whole day doing homework. Wouldn't you? I've tried several times to tell them that, but all they do is explain how they have never failed a test before, and how they can't start now. They are 13 years old and are already on their way to being responsible old ladies. You only have one life to live, so you'd better live it right, and doing extra credit because you got an A minus isn't exactly living it up!
I'm not saying homework isn't important. Sure, you want to get into college one day, be successful, and all that jazz, but there is a need in a teenager's life for a balance between fun and homework. I might overdo the fun and underdo the homework. We all make mistakes, but I like my kind of mistake - it makes life more interesting!
At this school I am "abnormal." When I heard a girl call me that I was in utter disbelief, because at my old school I was the full definition of normal. There were only, like, three people who spent most of their time doing their homework, but they still had more of a life then these girls. I'll bet even the teachers have more of a life then these people. You would swear I was in a movie, and I am the dumb one all the teachers hate because I don't have perfect grades like all the others.
What do you think? If you were to die tomorrow would you spend your time doing homework? No, you would go out there and do what you want to do ... live every day like it's your last, no matter what anybody says!