So, as I go about my business of printing out my own badly done homework and grading other people’s homework, I have to ask myself the question, trees died so that this stuff could be printed. Was it worth it? Given the kind of effort we put into our work (and the quality of the questions or in some cases the point of the homework being done), I would say the answer is a very emphatic NO.
Before you print, consider this: 1 carton (10 reams) of 100% virgin copier paper uses .6 trees. That is to say, it takes about three or four trees to fulfill the printing needs of an office full of graduate students for one semester. By the time we’re ready to graduate, we would have consumed about about the equivalent of a small park. Master’s and undergraduate students get a quota of about 500 sheets a semester. That would add up to just about a couple of trees by the time they graduate. But there are more of them than us, so it kind of evens out (that glosses over the fact that PhD students have printed their way through undergrad and graduate programs). What does this mean for those with double PhD’s?
This doesn’t count the paper that goes into textbooks (publishers love a new edition) or notebooks or even exams. If you count how many universities and offices and schools are out there using paper everyday, It’s a wonder we still have trees around.
I wish someone would have the courage to do the right thing. And do away with homework…