Scenario: John and Emily are high school students who want to get good grades, maintain active social lives, and participate in sports. John is a linebacker on the football team, and Emily is a defender on the soccer team. Their busy lives prevent them from spending much time on their homework, and they both have been averaging Cs with an occasional D on their work in English class. The end of the semester is drawing near, and a major ﬁnal project and test are looming. They both think they will pull oﬀ at least a B in the course by doing well on these ﬁnal activities. However, both the football and soccer teams have qualiﬁed for post-season games, and both John and Emily are on the decorating committee for a major end-of-year dance which they will attend. Secretly they both want to be selected as King and Queen for the dance, so they have been spending extra time socializing with other students after practice in the evenings.
Questions for response:
1. Do you think that John and Emily are deceiving themselves about being able to do well in their English class?
I think that in the situation that they are both in that getting at least a B in the course, they would have to focus more on school than any other sport or activity which means that they may not be able to commit to the soccer or the football team. It is possible but they would have to give one thing up to get another.
2. What do you think might be the result of the schedule they are following?
If they continue with the schedule they have they may have a good possibility to become the dance queen and king, they may be able to focus on football and soccer but they also may fail english.
3. If they don’t do well on their English work, will they blame others or themselves?
They will blame it on themselves, since it was there choose on what they thought was most important.
4. What, if anything, might you do differently if you were in their place?
If i was in that situation i would probably not do anything different, since i think that if soccer or football is more important to them then they should focus on that.