On Sunday evening, we asked our teen Twitter followers to tell us the ONE thing they wish they could change about school and why. From cafeteria food, to early start times, to common core standards -- their thoughtful answers may surprise you. Read 20 of their responses, below, and follow @HuffPostTeen to join the convo.
@HuffPostTeen going to school for eight straight hours is just difficult, so I'd change the schedule, I think.
— Jackson Barnett (@jacksonbarnett) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen the grading system. No one's brain is the exact same.
— CATCH2⃣2⃣. (@NATEC14s) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen in all honesty I would change the practice of homework. It should be given to improve/ enhance learning vs. Be a grade booster
— Drew Chainz (@uknowitsdrew) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen the early mornings definitely, it's so hard to concentrate when you're tired
— ♡ria♡ (@klainedolphins) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen the learning hierarchy: "core" classes and sports first, visual and performing arts last. Value all learning!
— Mason Van Gieson (@masongvg) February 24, 2014
@HuffPostTeen More civic ed. cause learning how to participate & make changes to our systems is 100x more useful than slope intercept form.
— Katy Ma (@mamasgotchu) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen Eliminate grades, focus on learning not memorizing.
— Bailey Janae (@BaileyJanae80) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen I wish they taught us how to pay our taxes or handle the debt of a college education 😑
— Neel Swamy (@neel_swamy) February 23, 2014
— Camille Aké (@Cake986) February 23, 2014
"@HuffPostTeen: If you could change ONE thing about high school, what would it be and why?" The 7:15 start time
— Caroline Wolber (@SweetCarolineJW) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen The courses available. My school doesn't offer any classes that are going to help me with the careers I'm interested in.
— Danny Fratella (@dannyfratella) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen Disband labels. If you smoke, you're labeled as The Stoner, and you can't take it back. You shouldn't be defined by one word.
— Amy (@AmyYoelin) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen have teachers force students to include others. and no grades.
— miranda meyers (@miranda_meyers) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen less memorization of useless random facts. And also, less requirements so students can take more classes that apply to them.
— Morgan Levy (@morganslevy) February 23, 2014
@HuffPostTeen more student run activities. Making the need for a teacher's presence limits things a tad.
— Lauren Cooke ❁ (@laurensofar) February 23, 2014
— Isabel Song (@IsabelSong) February 24, 2014
@HuffPostTeen how important standardized tests are in relation to your final grade and overall school year
— nyoom (@sampharos) February 24, 2014
@HuffPostTeen Stop teaching to the lowest common denominator
— Mikayla Grant (@MikaylaG18) February 24, 2014
@huffpostteen new elective: "How to Get a Harry Styles in 10 Days." No relation to the similarly titled 2003 film.
— Bizzy Emerson (@bizzyems) February 24, 2014
@HuffPostTeen never have to finish! The real world sucks
— Emily (@emzgeee) February 23, 2014