Should There Be a Limit on Homework?

Jake Silvey, Student Journalist

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It’s 9:00 p.m., I just got home from a track meet and I have a lot of work: 20 math problems, a reading assignment, a government test tomorrow, and an art project to finish up. This scenario may seem way too familiar to most students at BHS as, depending on the type of classes you take, homework seems to be something freshman and seniors both cannot escape, even as a junior, I’ve had my fair share of late nights and sleep deprivation. Here’s why too much homework is unnecessary and can help students boost their grades and stay awake in class.

With sports, after-school jobs, and other commitments, high school students are packed without any time for homework. When you add on those couple of hours of homework, that might do more harm than good. The main purpose of homework is to reinforce what was taught in class and provide extra practice for students who need it. I believe that most or all of your homework should be optional, and the main part of your grade is in-class assignments, projects, quizzes, and tests over class-learned material. If a student doesn’t understand something taught in-class or needs more practice, he can do so through homework; however, students who are already proficient in a section don’t need the extra practice.

By giving less/optional homework, students still have the resource of homework but don’t have to complete it if they feel comfortable with what they learned. This would give students more control over their education which could be a good or bad thing. Overall, I think reducing mandatory homework would benefit the student more than hurt their grades.

 

 

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