The Homework Overload Crisis
In many schools, homework is thought to be a way for students to practice what they learned that day in class. It helps them learn more and retain information daily. However, what happens when you give them too much homework. Ariella Brown, a sophomore at George Washington High School, says that the homework policy is great for getting us ready for college but it’s way too much for students to deal with. “I find the homework policy to be quite crude, they provide us with a lot of ways to get to college, however it’s a lot for students to deal with. Of course it prepares them for the work they will have in college, but it also overwhelms and stresses out the students and perhaps lead them away from college.”
Homework is important for students to retain information from school but the amount of homework doesn’t necessarily change how much information we can remember. For people who have sports or a social life, it’s really hard to keep up with everything if homework is taking up most of your time home. “I had to quit some extracurriculars that I was looking forward to doing, but the workload has taken up too much of my time out of school that I couldn’t fit it in my life,” says Ariella.
Homework can also affect both students’ physical and mental health. According to a study by Stanford University, “56 percent of students considered homework a primary source of stress. Too much homework can result in lack of sleep, headaches, exhaustion and weight loss.” This is especially true for Ariella, who has experienced some symptoms of stress in the previous weeks.
Dr. Waters, the principal, seems to agree that the amount of homework shouldn’t take up most of your time outside of school. “As a school, we hope that our teachers and different departments are thoughtful about the amount of nights they give homework. I don’t think we’re there yet, but I would like to see that there are alternating nights homework policy so that you’re not getting math, science, social studies all on the same night; that things are spread out so that students have a life outside of school,” she said. “However, I think it’s important that they at least have some work at night, but not so much work that it consumes all your time. I think that students should be spending no more than two hours on homework, which is often the case.”
Homework was meant to help students with retaining information from what they learned from school each day. Yet, the homework now just gives students more stress which can lead to less sleep, weight loss, and a reduction in grades. Homework needs to change or else students’ grades will get progressively worse.