Active vs. Passive Students

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Active vs. Passive Students

By | October 2012
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AP English Language and Composition|
Active vs. Passive Students
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Compare and Contrast|

Dominic Manshadi
9/8/2012
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Compare and Contrast: Active vs. Passive Students
The norm of our society is that the front is always better. We always try to get to the front of a line first, we always want to be in the front on a roller coaster ride, and our parents always reminded us to sit in the front of a classroom on the first day of instruction. But why is the front of a classroom always a point of interest for our parents? Well the front of the classroom is filled with active students. Active students generally do better in school; they work much harder than passive students do because an active student fully participates in their course whereas passive students sit in the back of the class indolently watching the clock. The more active a student is, the more likely the student will achieve their goal. Their goals can be educational like high test scores in math, science, social studies, and language or, they can be more of a physical achievement like in football, water polo, soccer, and basketball. Because of this strive for achievement, the personality of an active student is most likely to be highly competitive, controlling, and determined. The active student is more of an overachiever that is always turning in things on time even if it means they will have to forfeit sleep. They pursue academic excellence for themselves or for another entity such as their parents. Active students accomplish this with intense studying habits which they exert a large amount of energy on, enrollment in extra-curricular activities and avoiding much of the extreme social behavior such as, late night parties and sexual activities. All of these coincide to produce a student who will most likely succeed in life or obtain a highly valuable scholarship. The personality, energy, and involvement of an active student is the complete opposite from that of a passive student. As...