Too Much Work — Doesn’t

Christian North, Staff Writer

You’ve been sitting in your chair, doing homework for the past four hours. It’s
eleven at night and you have two more hours of work to go. You come to school extra tired, and unable to think with a clear head. To prevent this, teachers should be given a limit to how much work they can assign outside of school.

The National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA support standards of “10 minutes of homework per grade level,” which means seniors in high school should have around two hours of homework per night. But according to Brookings.edu, “High school teachers report they assign an average of 3 ½ hours of homework per day.”

Assigning more than the recommended amount not only prevents students from spending time with friends and family, it increases stress. A survey conducted by Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, reported that 56% of students felt that homework was their greatest stressor, causing them to forego needed sleep. This resulted in stress-related symptoms such as headaches, stomach pain, and trouble falling asleep.

Having large amounts of homework also encourages students to sit for long periods of time. This can cause students to live a sedentary lifestyle when they should be trying to keep themselves healthy through exercise or recommended physical activities. School already causes students to sit for seven hours every day, so it is unfair to expect students to sit and do work for even longer at home.

Reducing the amount of homework assigned each night would also help students with part-time jobs. Those students go from working at school, to working at their job, and then to working at home, leaving no time for anything they enjoy doing.

Teachers should be limited on how much homework they are allowed to assign. High schoolers would be more inclined to learn the material if they knew they wouldn't become a nuisance at home. I know I would.