Time Management

November seems to be heading towards being my least-blogged month since the creation of the Publisher. It will be the fourth most visited, however, so obviously I've built up some kind of regular readership even when I don't post very much. As long as I'm caring about traffic here, I'm rather indebted to all of you who check this blog every once in a while regardless of whether there's a new post. I used to do the same thing in checking out all the blogs I read, but now I have my blogroll (on the right side of this page) so I can see when there are new posts on a blog for me to read. It seems to save time to look only at blogs that have been updated since I last checked them. Speaking of time...

Today in debate we had a little discussion about educational policy. I brought up the fact that U.S. schools statistically assign more homework than most countries, and it seems this does nothing to make our students superior. In fact it may have negative effects. In my mind, although differing amounts of work or the overall effectiveness of assignments may be the biggest factor, I think that the problem with having shorter than average schooldays but larger than average homework loads is essentially that we youngsters don't manage our time well.

There are many times when I feel as if I want to do work at home and just waste my time in school, even when I'm given class time to do homework. For the majority of students, however, I think having time in class to apply themselves to assignments is far better than just relaxing in school and doing it all later like me. For most, I think, being in school helps in working through untaught material, and if more homework that would be abandoned at home is done during a longer school day, students may do better overall. For me, I get my work best in the environment of my choosing - namely at night in my room - but the only problem is when I choose to do it, which is specifically very late at night usually the night before something is due.

There are of course many many more things the United States could do to help its education system. I do not believe, however, that major courses of action regarding school policy should be taken from a national level. Education in this country may be "government-controlled socialism," but it can still be conducted and regulated by state and local governments, and I think this is definitely a good thing. The crazies talk about liberal indoctrination in public school, but think how bad it could be imagined to be if education was heavily influenced by national dictate. My strongest ideas about how to improve education would be for Ketchikan High School- for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District. I can't imagine all the other problems that exist throughout the country.

Anyways, it's interesting to think about how much the management, ill or good, of our time influences our lives. If children are only able to designate work time for themselves and get that homework done independently, they're pretty much set to succeed. When a student fails to be able to commit like that, however, they probably end up adding to the statistics that show the United States to be lagging in its education. I will leave you with a question:

How much more could you accomplish in your life if you spent your time just a little more efficiently? Think about that, and maybe you and I will slack off a little less.

(Image: Kayhi is apparently our local jail, according to Ketchikan's Uncyclopedia article.)


  1. Didn't you write some of that Ketchikan article on Uncyclopedia? I think I did too, but that portion may have very well been deleted. XD

  2. Shh! In fact I wrote pretty much all of that article (but took care to leave in everything other people put in even if I just adjusted it). I don't to seem to be pushing my own work here...


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