STAGE OF LIFE       Share Your Story       Coupons       Education Resources
Sign Up Now!

My Passion Issue: Grateful for Homework?: The Issue of Education in the 2012 Presidential Election

Joined: 3/6/2011
Posts: 3
“Dinner’s ready!” my mom called the whole family downstairs. On the table were ceramic bowls half-filled with rice, same as always. Pans of caramelized green beans and sautéed pork chops sat on the table. As we ate and chatted, our discussion turned to school, as it often did.

“I wish I hadn’t taken so many AP courses,” I grumbled. The pressures of junior year were getting to me. “I just want to go to bed before twelve on some nights, you know?” Exasperated, I plunked my fork in my bowl and leaned my head against my hand.

Mom smiled gently and laid down her chopsticks. “I know it is hard. But why not learn as much as you can?”

“It’s definitely a ton of work.”

“You know, school is precious. Have you ever wondered why all your aunts and uncles are still in China?” my father joined in, “In high school, Uncle Kan decided he didn’t like math, so he didn’t study it. He wasted his chance to learn. Auntie Da-Yi works on a farm because of the Cultural Revolution. She never even got a chance. I bet they wish they were able to learn more.”


Now I appreciate the opportunities I have in school. What if I never experienced an enriching school life? I would be a completely different person.

In the upcoming presidential election, education should not be a Democratic or Republican issue, but rather an American issue. Our president should be someone who betters the United States for present and future generations. Education is by far the most effective means of helping the 80 million students– our country’s future–better the world.

In the midst of the economic recession, President Obama fought to save the jobs of over 400,000 teachers. Unlike President Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney plans to cut 20 percent of teaching jobs and school activities across the country. Romney’s plans cause immediate unemployment and cost students crucial school opportunities. The impact of school extends much further than increased factual knowledge. Education allows teens and college students to form life skills, develop talent, and discover passions. I discovered my passion for writing in an after-school workshop. Had that workshop not existed, I would not be able to help my immigrant-parents vastly improve their English, have the chance to write to students in Ghana, or speak out for my beliefs in writing contests. I have found a voice, and it all began from a school workshop.

Overall, variety and depth of classes and after-school programs is necessary for America to continue to have well-rounded individuals. I take comfort knowing that one day I will be able to vote and act on my beliefs. As a high school student grateful for the education I have had, I believe President Barack Obama is best suited to better the lives of teens and college students.
Rate this:
Comment by OrangeZo

Joined: 2/10/2012
Posts: 29
This essay is very well put together. I agree that education is one of the most important issue our faces and should be treated as such by the candidates. We should be focused on educating and training students to be able to take on the responsibility of running a developed country in the near future. Which makes it increasingly concerning when teachers jobs and after school program funding are cut, as you mentioned in your essay. Also, hang in there with the AP classes, I know how that goes.

Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:51:23 PM
Rate this:
Comment by bugcandy

Joined: 11/5/2008
Posts: 286
Congratulations - your essay above has selected as one of the semi-finalists for our political "Passion Issue" student writing contest. We'll be picking the winner within the next two weeks (our final judging phase is taking place on the finalists now by our Editorial team).

Please check the summary page as we'll be announcing the Runners-Up and Winner later this month:

Thanks so much for entering the writing contest and blogging on We look forward to reading more of your essays!

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 7:37:22 PM
Rate this:
Comment by etiquetteguy

Joined: 6/22/2009
Posts: 52
Bravo! You are your way to being one of tomorrow's leaders. Beautifully expressed understanding of some pretty common sense issues that affect every citizen!
Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:32:31 PM
Rate this:
Comment by SOFLarchive

Joined: 1/6/2012
Posts: 111
Congrats on winning the contest! I definitely agree with you.
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 7:57:40 PM
Rate this:

About StageofLife.comAbout Us: is a free blogging and writing community for high school students that allows teens the opportunity to share their personal stories and essays in an online life journal via their free Stage of Life account.  Check out our national Teen Trend Reports, and make sure to explore the writing contests for high school students, inspirational videos for teens, statistics about students, quotes about high school, and other resources about High School here on  Register to start your free writing profile, share an essay about your life, and help us change the world, one story at a time.  If you are a teacher - review our Language Arts Teaching Resources.

Writing Contest Archive - Students

Writing Contests and Teen Trend Reports Student Writing Contests

Below you will find all of the monthly writing contests and teen trend reports from the last five years hosted by  Our dedication to digital literacy efforts have reached over 1,000,000 students and teachers in the last half decade, received mention on, and features in the news.  Feel free to click through and read the top essay submissions from any given month. is honored to be one of the most-visited writing contests for students in the world.  We love working with you as we celebrate the journey as life-long readers and writers...

2016 Writing Contests

Writing Contest for High School Students

2015 Writing Contests

2014 Writing Contests

 2013 Writing Contests

2012 Writing Contests

2011 Writing Contests

 2010 Writing Contests

Stage of Life Mission Statement

Find Us on Facebook      Follow Us on Twitter     Read our Founder's Blog was launched in 2009 as the premier destination for people of all ages to find information, coupons, and stories about one of ten key stage of life transitions:  high school, college, on my own, wedding, married without children, having a baby, home ownership, parenting, grand parenting, and empty nest/retirement.  Nearly 1 million visitors come to the site each year to find information about their stage of life.  Stage of Life users (teens, college students, Millennials, Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomers) can also share and archive their life stories via their Stage of Life profile page.  Specialized content includes statistics, quotes, videos, financial tips, coupons, news, writing contests, and more tailored to each of the 10 life stages featured.  My Life Rewards® is the free discount program for all Stage of Life users, readers and writers dedicated to providing printable coupons and coupon codes tailored towards each stage of life.

Terms of Service and Privacy