Don’t give students group projects

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Don’t give students group projects

In AP Physics 1, students work together on a lab.

In AP Physics 1, students work together on a lab.

Ashley Gomez

In AP Physics 1, students work together on a lab.

Ashley Gomez

Ashley Gomez

In AP Physics 1, students work together on a lab.

Ashley Gomez, Writer

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Some people love group projects because they get to work with their friends; others hate group projects because it causes them stress and anxiety.

Group projects should not be mandatory. Yu shouldn’t have to be forced to work with someone you don’t get along with or someone who never does any work at all.

One reason group projects shouldn’t be mandatory is because some people have social anxiety.

According to Anxiety Resources Center, “Social Anxiety Disorder is a psychological illness in which individuals have an extreme fear of social situations and being around others.”

The telling signs of this disorder is a racing heart, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, shaking, sweating palms, feeling hot, anxiety, fainting, stress, and tension. Due to the drastic side effect of working in a group, the risk of these things aren’t worth working in a group.

Another reason is why group projects shouldn’t be mandatory is because not everyone does equal amounts of work. Oftentimes one or two people will end up doing all of the work and have to share credit with someone who hasn’t done any. Some may ask: why don’t you just tell the teacher that not everyone is pulling their fair share of work? People may either be scared to tell their teacher or a  friend may be the one who isn’t doing work. When you get to work with your friends it is also an opportunity for people to take advantage of the fact that you know what you are doing.

Another problem is that sometimes you don’t get to choose who you work with. This is often how you end up with someone you don’t work well with. This again can cause stress and anxiety.  Oftentimes this can cause people to freak out and not get a lot of work done.

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Ashley Gomez is a junior at Highland High School. She is in Key Club, Science Olympiad, Student Publications, Spanish National Honor Society, and National...

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