No Time By Ben F. Scott Fitzgerald

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After eight long, dreary hours at school, followed by two hours of BT Varsity Baseball practice, Ben S. arrives home both physically and mentally fatigued. His mom asks if he wants to go out to eat, to which he sadly answers, “Sorry, no time.” Dragging his backpack up to his room, he starts watching television, finally catching a break. But after a couple of minutes, Ben realizes he has no time to waste. Annoyed, he takes out his textbook and begins his homework. About an hour and a half later, his sister knocks on the door, telling Ben she needs help with her chores. While Ben wants to help, he can’t stay awake doing his homework past midnight. So, Ben answers, “Sorry, no time.” A couple hours pass by and finally, Ben finishes his homework. He brushes his teeth, puts on his pajamas, and slips into bed. Falling asleep (participle), Ben asks himself, “Why can’t I enjoy my life?” He then answers his own question, “No time.” While homework helps students develop and maintain information, teachers have abused the concept to a point where homework and overwhelming stress plague teenagers’ lives. The excess of homework given reduces teenagers’ opportunities to engage in other activities. First, the students who participate in extra-curriculars such as sports and the play struggle to balance the extra-curricular with their workload. Many students arrive home late, tired from their game/practice, only to stay up past midnight finishing their work. Student athletes especially

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