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Treating Senioritis

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Spring is in the air, and an 18-year-old’s thoughts turn to, well, just about anything but schoolwork. In acknowledgement of that premise, some high schools are devising novel ways to treat the dread condition known as senioritis. Instead of forcing graduating seniors through the academic paces, they’re encouraging them to go ahead and start thinking about life after high school. New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, for example, has created a “senior program” designed to help kids learn real-world skills. Students can work as teachers’ aids, participate in community projects, and attend discussion forums on topics like money management and college life. Other schools let seniors start taking courses at local colleges or find off-campus internships. "It’s human to be thinking about what is ahead," said Janice Dreis, co-director of New Trier’s program. "We have to let them think about that."

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It is true that senior don't feel like doing any kind of work toward the end of the year. But more likely the work that is needed to worry most about is things that matter to them, the classes they need that will get them across the stage so they do all there work in one class and not care about the others. So it is a really good idea to go to a place were they feel safe to learn something new

Senioritis is a mofo. I think to deal with senioritis, teachers should just give no work. Or give us easy work, like word searches, and crossword puzzles.

It is true that most of us (seniors) are not even worring about test, homework or anything that has to do with school because most of the us (senior) are ready to graduate and get out of school but for some reason we are studing and being educated. Think about it and is going to make sense, or think of your future.

IT IS TRUE AROUND THIS TIME THE SENIORS IS TIRED OF WORK AND DOING THINGS THEY HAVE TO DO. THEY SHOULD BE RELAXING FOR ALL THE WORK THEY HAVE BEEN DOING.

We have the seniors end a week earlier than the rest of the school and do a group service project.

That's incentive to persevere, and everybody wins.

In English we have trimester electives that "break the boredom" and keep them "shuffuled". That way teachers don't get bored or dragged down by the same group either.

Kids, Kids, Kids, it is time to wake up and smell the roses. Never in your life will you have the pampered, make sure you do-well and how is junior making out, embrace that you have all become acustomed to. By the time senioritis strikes, its too late. Your cushy little life is over. If you think you deserve some type of break, remember Aesop's Fable of The Wild Boar and the Fox. Remember, you have, most likely 70 more years to go- work now and rest later.

i hateeee school..

I think it'd be great if schools started allowing for college/occupational preparation and focus less on the shotgun method of covering all topics. I honestly don't think you need 12 years of education just to get ready for the actual education of college. However, let's say that schools began doing other stuff senior year as mentioned in the article. Then it would just become 'Junioritis' and you would have juniors looking forward to the next year when things change.

I think that at my school, senior year is just like, a bunch of crud. aha. we don't really do much work anymore, and i have electives so all i do is chill and make easy A's. I have like 2 real classes, and one of those classes isn't even serious. The only class I worry about is English Honors. Basically I have 8 days left in highschool, and they should just let us chill. I'm already enrolled in college. I'm just waiting to walk across the stage!

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