Middle schools have seveb classes on a daily basis. Students not only have seven classes worth of nightly homework, but also seven different text books. Along with the 7 different text books, students have seven different folders and binders for each class. After all, seven classes of work requires good organization and assignment separation. Students are also assigned an agenda for the year, and are also expected to have pencils, pens, erasers and note book paper for class.
All of the students' books, folders, binders, additional writing utensils and even clothing require shelter. They spend time in a student's book bag and home, but not everything can fit into the book bag for an extended period of time. As Daniel de Vise points out, the books and agendas get bigger with each generation of students. With such an increase in size, students cannot haul that much equipment all day. Any expectation otherwise is simply flawed and unreal.
Responsibility is an often overlooked benefit of assigning students to lockers. As Safety Issues explains, middle school students accept that the lockers temporarily "belong" to them. Students also understand that the locker, as well as anything that is stored in the locker, is solely their responsibility. Middle school students in particular need to learn responsibility, because high school is twice as long and complicated as middle school. Teaching young teens responsibility at their formative age is essential.
Some book bags can, in fact, carry all of a students' books, folders, utensils and other belongings. However, all of the belongings accumulate in weight. Carrying around excessive weight all day presents physical health risks for students. Short-term or even long-term back problems are a primary physical health risk, as well as a completely unnecessary risk. A physical health issue can also add additional, unnecessary stress on a student. Students already have enough to worry about, and they do not need to risk incurring any injury.
Students have a lot of responsibilities and concerns in school. Students are expected to handle books, assorted accessories and jackets, but they need storage for the items. More importantly, the storage must secure the items. Books in particular require security. Those entering the next grade level may use the same book edition as the previous group. Lost books costs the school financially, so insuring the book's secured presence is necessary. By providing lockers, schools insure their ownership of text books, while students don't have to worry about losing their belongings and text books.
Room for Improvement
Lockers present only one problem for students. Although the lockers are proven assets to students, the lockers are also an unnecessary hardship. The books increase in size, but Daniel de Vise notes that the lockers remain the same size. As a result, students have a very hard time storing their belongings in the locker, especially with the increased size of books. The time constraints in-between classes enhances the locker's challenge. Students only have a brief minute or so at their lockers, and the locker's size could create difficulty in removing and adding items into the locker. Students either need more time in-between classes, or schools need bigger lockers.
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