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Editorial: Student homework load needs to be reduced

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Many teens agree, and many adults remember, that homework can be frustrating and stressful as well. Almost every single day this school year we have had homework, and we believe we have too much at Valley Middle School of STEM.

We have almost always had homework for math ever since 6th grade, but now we’ve been getting many other assignments that we work on inside and outside of school. This includes classes like Social Studies, Communications, as well as Science and English.

Studies prove that too much homework can be stressful for students. According to Healthline Medical, “When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were ‘often or always stressed over schoolwork,’ with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor.”

The nationally recommended standard, according to the National PTA, for homework time in middle school is about 60-80 minutes. 36% of VMSS students report that they spend more than 1 1/2 hours on homework per night. 

If you read international news regularly, you would know that schools in Finland have no homework, but still succeed over the U.K. and U.S. in standardized testing. So this proves that if the school decides to lower the homework load, it is still possible for grades to stay at an acceptable level.

We understand that homework helps students prepare for tests, but too much homework overwhelms students. Excessive amounts of homework prevents students from learning anything because they are just trying to get it done quickly and turned in.

Too much homework prevents students from learning anything because they are just trying to get it done quickly and turned in.”

Most teachers assume all students work relatively fast on homework and class assignments, but that’s not the case for every student. Every student learns at a different pace. However, most kids either have after-school activities or have other events between the time of 2:40 to the time you go to bed. Some even have two or more events a day, whether it’s sports, theater, after- school programs, or anything else they are involved in.

On the other hand, we know that teachers give us work time for us to complete the assignment in class and advisory, and remove the need for “home”work. But sometimes, more often than not, the class time is not enough and it carries over into the time at home anyway.

Therefore we, the Editorial Board of The Eagle’s Call, believe that homework should be reduced at our school.

 

*Editorials appearing in The Eagle’s Call represent the majority view of The Eagle’s Call Editorial Board and are written by one or more members of the board. 

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7 Responses to “Editorial: Student homework load needs to be reduced”

  1. Anonymous on January 24th, 2019 11:24 am

    Homework really isn’t hard, but sometimes it’s just pointless doing something I mastered. I get things down really easily but it’s really annoying wasting my time when doing homework.

  2. Anonymous on January 24th, 2019 2:18 pm

    Wrong. The amount of homework we are given is a acceptable amount. The classroom time is awesome and even though some of the time it’s not enough it’s at least some time. When you get home maybe instead of getting on your computer and playing fortnight you should do your homework. After-school events don’t really get in the way of homework or at least shouldn’t. If we eradicated homework your opinion is that our grades would stay the same? Ye right homework is so helpful when it comes to understanding topics; plus it helps you to get through your test faster since it’s rock solid in your head after you do your homework.

  3. Elaina on January 24th, 2019 3:00 pm

    I totally agree that all of us get way to much homework and it SHOULD get reduced thank you for considering it and I hope it happens

    -Elaina

  4. Imogen Holien on January 24th, 2019 9:19 pm

    I agree with everything you said. Some days I feel so stressed over homework I can’t focus and don’t get enough sleep. I have swim team four times a week for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. That can sometimes affect homework time and I am supposed to go to bed at 8. The only time I really have a day off from activities is Wednesday and it seems like that is the day I have the most homework. I try my best to get my homework done and turned in with correct answers so it takes me a long time. I hope everyone is doing well. See you in school, Imogen H.

  5. No on February 13th, 2019 10:15 am

    I agree with the fact that we get a lot of home work, but it’s too easy. Like one commenter said, it’s completely pointless.

  6. Romeo on February 13th, 2019 10:18 am

    I think we should have less homework because we have too much homework everyday and I think if we need to have that much homework then they’d hould give us more time to do it

  7. Anonymous on February 13th, 2019 10:22 am

    This is so true. I have dance every day except Sunday and Friday so I’m constantly behind on homework. I stay after school if I have questions but most of my classes don’t have teachers staying after school so when I dont understand something I can’t ask after school and I don’t complete my homework on time.

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