The Homework Conundrum By: Dylan Salch

“I'll do it later, it's early, only 9:00 pm. I’m safe, it's only 10:15 pm, I still have a lot of time. Ok really, I'll start it in 15 mins. 12:00 am. I'll do it tomorrow during my free…” This situation is very familiar to many students in school today. Students all dread homework, and especially despise having to do assignments that they dislike or find very complicated. Students aren't motivated to do homework, as they don’t find it to be useful or necessary, and this is the main reason why so many students across the U.S dislike it. In the end, the amount of homework given is simply too much. What student wants to spend their precious time doing something that they don't care about at all?

First of all, students find homework to be unnecessary, and it seems to serve no purpose. "I think it just has to be done to get a grade in class, but it doesn't teach me anything," says William Kirk, a Highland High School senior. He gets about an hour of homework assigned each night, and an hour isn't even the average - its three and a half hours (edu week).

The way homework works is odd. In kindergarten the maximum amount of time students should be spending on homework is 10 minutes, then as the grade level increases you are allowed to assign an additional 10 minutes (edweek). The maximum amount of time for homework that can be assigned to high school kids, per class, is 3.5 hours a week (edweek).

High school teachers who were interviewed said they do indeed assign an average of 3.5 hours worth of homework a week (edu week). For students who do their homework on a daily basis with out skipping any, that's 42 minutes of homework a day for one class, or 3.5 hours a day for the average student taking five classes. This amount only goes up when you consider AP classes and electives, and the amount of homework assigned each night can range from barely anything to mounds of it. The amount of homework, and the uneven way that it is assigned, causes lots of time issues for students, especially if they do after-school activities.

Although the homework may seem unnecessary to most, there are always a few people that think the opposite. Chris Gilmer and Jaime Perea, seniors at Stanford University, are some of the people that find homework essential(Stanford). "It's not a problem with me, It's preparing me for college and for the long run." Chris said. His fellow student, Jamie Perea, says "People complain about homework, but most of those people are just lazy."(stanford) While it may be true that homework might help you review what you do in class, the sheer amount of homework, and the stress associated, is simply not effective. According to ASCD’s Educational Leadership, “for junior high school students, the [homework] benefits increased as time increased, up to 1 to 2 hours of homework a night, and then decreased.” So if the average amount of homework per night is 3 and a half hours, the benefits will have decreased and students will just be wasting time.

3.5 hours a night can do a lot to one person, especially if they're the type of person that does extracurricular activities or sports, because when you get home from those activities you are drop dead tired. This is a big concern because, according to the U.S Gov Office of Adolescent Health, high school teens spend 1.4 hrs every week day on leisure and one hour a day on sports. That's an average of 2.4 hours a day on extra-curricular activities, and combined with the 3.5 for homework, many teens find it hard to finish all their assignments.

Plus, schools shouldn't rely on massive amounts of homework to teach the information students need, that’s why there are classes and schools in the first place. Who really remembers what their last homework assignment was about if it was probably useless or repetitive info that you already learned in class?

The verdict? Homework is mostly unnecessary, and schools give way too much of it. It’s tedious, annoying, time consuming, frustrating, stressful, and isn't effective in large amounts. I would list more - but I have other homework to do.

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