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OPINION: Schools give too much homework

By Marissa Mirallegro and Ella Helfer

Having too much homework can lead to pressure and stress to students.

Schools give too much homework to students and they need to be aware of what it’s causing.

“….over 50 percent of students reported feeling stressed, 25 percent reported that homework was their biggest source of stress, and on average teens are spending one-third of their study time feeling stressed, anxious, or stuck,” according to the Princeton Review in a Student Life in America survey

Kids and teenagers are getting too stressed and overwhelmed with homework to the point where it’s affecting their sleep, as well.

“….teens need between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night, but only 15 percent are even getting close to that amount. During the school week, most teens only get about six hours of zzz’s a night, and some of that sleep deficit may be attributed to homework,” according to a Health US News found a National Sleep Foundation found

BHS also interviewed 2 students Julia Neave and Kayla Gieson agreed that the combination of homework and the increasing extracurricular demands placed on them lead to stress and a lack of sleep

“When I have musical rehearsal until 10:30 and then a ton of homework I’m usually up until 11:30 or 12 trying to get stuff done, Gieson said.”That can also interfere with personal hygiene and sleep.”

And when asked how to resolve it, she said,

“Maybe by giving us one sheet of homework every other day,” Gieson said.

Then BHS wanted to hear another point of view from Neave and how homework affects her life outside of school.

“I want to hang out with friends but I have homework to do or I have to study,” Neave said, “I also do show choir and horseback riding and it doesn’t leave me a ton of home for homework so it becomes kind of stressful.”

And when asked how it should be resolved, she stated,

Just not to give as much,” Neave said. “I really don’t feel like all the homework is necessary.”

However, BHS wanted to hear what the viewpoint of what’s actually beneficial to the homework from a teacher’s point of view, Mrs. Platt.

“To see if they could do it on their own and it could help give them a deep understanding of something,” said Virginia Platt, Biology.

However what would be the difference if we just did the homework at school? Would that be beneficial?

“Yes, because you get that immediate help from a teacher and you could get that extra help,” Platt responded.

However, according to Whitby school, they say,

“If kids are invested and engaged, homework can really help them learn. After all,

the more a student practices something, the better they get and the faster they become.”

But if this is the case, then why can’t we just practice it at school?

People work better when working as a group and they can ask a teacher if they don’t understand because if they do it at home then they won’t know how to do it until the next day.

Schools should be aware of the amount of homework they give and if it’s even beneficial towards students.

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